The ESG Initiative at the Wharton School

Wharton Conference on Immigration and Organizations

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

May 3-4, 2018

This conference is the premier gathering of scholars at the intersection of migration and organizations designed to advance rigorous research and strengthen our community of scholars. We are a welcoming group open to all disciplinary and methodological approaches.

Thursday, May 3

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Lunch, Introductions, and Opening Remarks

1:00 – 2:30 PM


How Migration Policy Shocks Affect Global Collaborative Patenting: Multi-Country Causal Findings
James Sappenfield, Harvard Business School

The mobility of star inventors within and across borders: A patent-level analysis in the US biotechnology industry
Ram Mudambi, Temple University

Innovation paradox of returnees: Evidence from China’s high technology industries
Haiyang Li, Rice University

2:30 – 3:00 PM


3:00 – 4:30 PM


Indian Immigrants, Occupational Status and Knowledge Flows
Francesco di Lorenzo, Copenhagen Business School

Asian Americans Getting a Job: The Social Exclusion of the Foreign Educated in Mainstream Hiring
Koji Chavez, Washington University in St. Louis

Do Richer Foreign Work Experiences Lead to Intrapreneurial Success? Evidence from Survey Data
Dan Wang, Columbia

4:30 – 5:00 PM


5:00 – 6:00 PM

Brainstorming Session: Data sources and empirical strategies to study immigration and organizations

Come prepared to share a favorite source of immigration data:

  • What do the data contain?
  • What types of questions could one study with these data?
  • What kind of empirical problems do these data solve or create?

6:00 – 7:00 PM

Break & Travel to Dinner

7:00 PM


Friday, May 4

8:00 – 9:00 AM


9:00 – 10:00 AM

KEYNOTE: Immigration Laws and Programs in the United States

Nicole Simon
Partner at Landau, Hess, Simon, & Choi

10:00 – 10:30 AM


10:30 AM – 12:00 PM


Did the Great Migration cause the Era of Great Invention? Evidence from the Quota Acts
Kirk Doran, University of Notre Dame

Intellectual Baggage of Ethnic Migrant Inventors: Transfer and Recombination of Knowledge Across Borders
Raj Choudhury, Harvard Business School

Remittances and the Differential Venture Investment Impacts of Migrant Tenure Abroad
Michael Cummings, University of Arkansas

12:00 – 1:00 PM


1:00 – 2:00 PM


Transnational Capital and the Business Models of Diaspora Entrepreneurs
Liesl Riddle, George Washington University

Entrepreneurial migration policy incentives and location choice of innovative start-ups
Daria Kautto, Aalto University

2:00 – 2:15 PM


2:15 – 3:45 PM


The Effect of National Culture on Founding Team Composition of Immigrant Ventures
Anastasia Bailey, Rutgers

Longing to belong or pieces of ourselves all over the world? How multiple identities and institutional contexts affect entrepreneurial opportunities by members of diasporas
Florian Täube, Solvay Business School

3:45 – 4:00 PM

Closing Remarks