Sustainable development has attracted increasing attention among scholars (Rogers et al., 2012; Scheirer, 2005). Businesses play the vital role in achieving sustainable development, in particular, dealing with climate change, environmental pollution, poverty and inequality (Boons et al., 2013; Schaltegger et al., 2012) at both individual, organizational, and inter-organizational levels (Gao & Bansal, 2013; Hahn et al., 2015; Manzhynski & Figge, 2020). Migration is recognized as a powerful driver of sustainability in the 2030 Agenda for sustainability (IOM, 2023) as it has prominent impacts on social, political, institutional and economic aspects of the migrant’s country of residence and origin, among which, are the cultural diversity and immigrant entrepreneurship. Migrant entrepreneurship has been an international phenomenon both in research and practice for several decades (Evansluong, Ramirez Pasillas, Discua Cruz, Elo and Vershinina, 2023; Sinkovics and Reuben 2021; Light et al., 1994). In particular, migrant entrepreneurship plays an essential role in social and economic integration process (e.g., Evansluong, Ramirez Pasillas and Bergström, 2019) which contributes to sustainable development and affects social and economic sustainability outcomes. Scholars emphasize the prominent influence of cultural diversity in immigrant entrepreneurship; however, little is discussed about how cultural diversity influences immigrant entrepreneurship in the process of social and economic integration. For instance, majority of studies unpack cultural diversity by shedding light on the impact of liability of foreignness and how to deal with cultural diversity as a liability (e.g., Gurau, Dana and Light, 2020). However, little is known about how cultural diversity can be utilised as an advantage or as an asset in immigrant entrepreneurship as some scholars call for (e.g., Evansluong, Grip and Karayianni, 2023). Further, even less is known about how (if any) cultural diversity can help migrant entrepreneurs to manage numerous sustainability tensions or paradoxes inherent to entrepreneurial life, particularly between social and economic integration goals. Therefore, how cultural diversity influences economic and social integration in migrant entrepreneurship is understudied. We encourage submissions to discuss questions such as, but not limited to:
What are the roles and the characteristics of cultural diversity in the integration process in migrant entrepreneurship in different national and sectoral contexts?
How does cultural diversity influence the process of economic and social integration in migrant entrepreneurship?
How does cultural diversity facilitate or hinder migrant entrepreneurs to manage tensions within economic and social integration processes?
What is the interplay between cultural diversity and outcomes of economic and social integration in migrant entrepreneurship?
Keywords: cultural diversity, economic integration, social integration, migrant entrepreneurship, liability, asset
Quang Evansluong, Umeå University
Marcela Ramirez Pasillas, Jönköping University
Siarhei Manzhynski, Umeå University
Amit Mitra, University of the West of England, Bristol
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