Background Note | HBS Case Collection | August 2007 (Revised July 2008)

Take Advantage of Your Diaspora Network

by William R. Kerr and Daniel J. Isenberg


Diaspora networks (DNs) are an important resource for global entrepreneurs. Discusses several features of DNs, combining both academic and practitioner perspectives. Describes the history and prevalence of DNs in many ethnicities, documents the broad resources DNs can provide to founders, and specifies potential pitfalls or traps from working through DNs. Closes with some practical advice for entrepreneurs accessing and utilizing their DNs.

Keywords: Business Startups; Diasporas; Entrepreneurship; Globalized Markets and Industries; Social and Collaborative Networks;


Kerr, William R., and Daniel J. Isenberg. "Take Advantage of Your Diaspora Network." Harvard Business School Background Note 808-029, August 2007. (Revised July 2008.) (Featured in a 2008 Harvard Business Review write-up.)