Seminar (Dept. of General Management)

Copyfrom:Dept. of General Management Time:2020-06-10

Theme:No Place Like Home: The Effect of Exporting to Country of Origin on the Financial Performance of Immigrant-Owned SMEs

Speaker:Sui Sui(Ryerson University)

Time:2020-06-12 08:30





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Immigrant-owned small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) primarily export to their owners’ country of origin. However, conflicting findings suggest theoretical ambiguity in how their country-of-origin export intensity influences their financial performance. Adopting a contingent perspective, we theorize how socially embedded immigrant owners derive superior performance from high country-of-origin export intensity. Based on a sample of 2,584 immigrant-owned SMEs and 6,391 firm-year observations, we find that SMEs led by immigrant owners with longer stays in their country of residence and whose country of origin is geographically proximate to their country of residence generate superior financial performance from high country-of-origin export intensity.


Dr. Sui Sui is an Associate Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University. Her research focuses on understanding the internationalization of small businesses and entrepreneurs. Some of this has studied how different internationalization strategies, internal resources, and inter-organizational factors influence firm survival and growth. Some has focused on how immigrant and women ownership influences entrepreneurial firms' innovation, internationalization and financial performance. She has published in the most prestigious Financial Times Top 50 academic journals such as Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. She has received numerous research grants and awards, and is an Associate Editor for the journal of Multinational Business Review and Transnational Corporations Review. Dr. Sui's research has a very practical focus and has received frequent coverage in the media, such as the Wall Street Journal, CTV News, and Yahoo Finance. She was invited by the Bank of Canada, Global Affairs Canada, and Canadian Minister of State Small Business and Tourism to participate in roundtable meetings on how to help entrepreneur firms to succeed in the global markets. (


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