Transnational migrant entrepreneurship, gender and family business

Natalia Vershinina*, Peter Rodgers, Maura McAdam, Eric Clinton

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Despite increased academic attention paid to migration flows in Europe, the gendered nature of transnational migrant entrepreneurial journeys within the context of a family business remains under-researched. We address this gap by investigating how transnational spaces allow women to challenge dominant ideas about their roles, and to claim legitimacy by opening branches of their family business abroad. With extensive longitudinal evidence collected over a seven-year period, we showcase four biographical narratives of women operating transnational family businesses in the UK that had originated in Eastern Europe. Adopting this novel longitudinal approach, we provide insights into how these transnational migrant women entrepreneurs exercise individual agency to overcome structural constraints by developing strategies that prioritize their own business aspirations without fully sacrificing their family ties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-260
Number of pages23
JournalGlobal Networks (Oxford)
Issue number2
Early online date21 Jan 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019


  • family business
  • transnational migrant entrepreneurship
  • gender
  • transnational spaces
  • biographical narratives

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business,Management and Accounting


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