Under what institutional conditions does overseas business knowledge contribute to firm performance?

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  • University of Liverpool
  • Peking University
  • Sun Yat-sen University


We examine the extent to which the impact of the overseas business knowledge transferred by returnee entrepreneurs on firm performance is conditional on institutional factors. The findings show that informal institutional differences between the home and host countries strengthen the positive impact of overseas business knowledge on the performance of returnee-founded firms. There is a complementarity between informal institutional differences and local government policy support which jointly enhance the positive impact of overseas business knowledge. However, a well-developed local business infrastructure substitutes for the impact of informal institutional differences on the relationship between overseas business knowledge and returnee venture performance.


Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Business Review
Early online date13 Dec 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Dec 2018


  • Overseas business knowledge, Informal institutional differences, Policy support, Local business infrastructure, Returnee entrepreneurs, Firm performance