The ESG Initiative at the Wharton School

2023 Migration and Organizations Conference

May 24-25, 2023

Columbia University
Geffen Hall, 3rd Floor Boardroom
645 West 130th Street
New York, NY 10027

The premier gathering of scholars at the intersection of migration and organizations. Now in its fifth edition, this conference is designed to advance rigorous research and strengthen our community of scholars. We are a welcoming group open to all disciplinary and methodological approaches.

This event is by invitation only. If you are interested in being added to the invitation list, please contact

Keynote Speaker

Mae Ngai

 Mae Ngai

Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History, Columbia University


Wednesday, May 24

8:30 AM


9:00 AM

PhD Workshop Introductory Remarks

9:15 AM

PhD Workshop

11:15 AM

Conference Opening Remarks

11:30 AM

Journal Editors Panel

Sinziana Dorobantu, Associate Editor, Academy of Management Journal
JP Eggers, Associate Editor, Administrative Science Quarterly
Lamar Pierce, Editor-in-Chief, Organization Science
Sameer Srivastava, Organizations Department Editor, Management Science

Moderated by: Exequiel Hernandez, Associate Editor, Strategic Management Journal, and Dan Wang, Associate Editor, Strategic Management Journal

12:30 PM

Lunch + Poster Session

Building a Bridge to Beneficiaries: A Bourdieusian Analysis of Amateur Aid Altruists’
Derek Richardson, Indiana University

Migration and Organizational Culture: Implications of (Un)ethical Culture on the Quality Management of Gulf-Based Construction Multinational Corporations
Froilan Malit Jr, University of Glasgow

An exploratory study of the socio-cultural challenges of diaspora entrepreneurs in their country of origin
Ravaka Randrianarimanana, Université Laval

The dilemma of migration and entrepreneurship policies; blessing or curse?
Samuel Umoh, University of KwaZulu-Natal Durban

1:30 PM

Research Panel 1: Migration and Entrepreneurship

Intersectional Perspective on Geographical Mobility Intentions of Entrepreneurs
Liudmila Ivvonen, École de Management Léonard de Vinci (EMLV)

My Business or My Country: The Role of Concurrent Embeddedness in Host Country and Home Country on The Performance of Immigrant Entrepreneurs’ Business
Qiong Wu, IE Business School

A Confluence of Tech and Talent: Return Migration and Rural Online Entrepreneurship
Chuck Eesley, Stanford University

2:45 PM

Research Panel 2: Politics and Policy

Legal Chameleons: Managing Foreignness in Response to Varying Political Ideologies
Yong Kim, Texas A&M University

When Trump Said Jump: Political Directors and The Recruitment of Foreign Workers
Peter Norlander, Loyola University Chicago, Quinlan School of Business, Department of Management

The effect of low-skill immigration restrictions on US firms and workers: Evidence from a randomized lottery
Michael Clemens, George Mason University

4:00 PM

Research Panel 3: Borders and Boundaries

When does a migrant cease being a migrant?
Ram Mudambi, Temple University; Agnieszka Nowinska, Aalborg University

Immigration ­Induced Labor Mobility and Firm Skill Downgrading Evidence From DACA
Yuxi Cheng, George Washington University

Organizing refugees: Ontological politics in international border crossings
Yashar Mahmud, Jönköping University

6:30 PM


Kravis Hall, 10th Floor Dining Room
Catering by Eat Offbeat
Remarks by Manal Kahi (Columbia SIPA ’15), Founder

Thursday, May 25

8:30 AM


9:00 AM

Research Panel 4: Effects of Immigration Law and Policy

The Effect of Immigration Policy on Founding Location Choice: Evidence from Canada’s Start-up Visa Program
Britta Glennon, The Wharton School

Skilled Immigration restrictions as a growth barrier for young firms
Mishita Mehra, Grinnell College

Quid Pro Quota: A Cross-Country Study on the Differential Impacts of Immigration Quotas on Early-Stage and Established Entrepreneurship
Joshua Bedi, Copenhagen Business School

Restrictive Immigration Policies and MNE Innovation
Deepak Nayak, Temple University

10:30 AM

Research Panel 5: Technology, Science, and Platforms

TMT International Experience, Platform Firms, and Internationalization of Chinese Digital Firms
Tianhao Liu, Rutgers University

The effects of digital capability development on firms’ export-financial performance under immigrant ownership
Horatio Morgan, University of Waterloo

Where Do Immigrant Scientists Work? Evidence from Artificial Intelligence PhDs
Caroline Fry, University of Hawai’i

A Platform Rating System And Worker Mistreatment: Evidence From Lab-In-The-Field Experiments In Singapore
Wesley Koo, INSEAD; Vanessa Burbano, Columbia Business School

12:00 PM

Keynote Presentation

Professor Mae Ngai, Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History, Columbia University

1:15 PM

Research Panel 6: Assimilation and Workplaces

Perceived Impact of Cultural Difference on Work Relations in Chinese Companies Operating in Ghana: A Cross Cultural Study of Migrated Chinese and Local Ghanaian Workers
Victoria Ankrah, Lingnan University

Bound by Origins: Second-Generation Immigrant Founder’s Cultural Heritage and Corporate Sustainability Performance
Zhaoyi Yan, IE Business School

Paying Off the Intergenerational Debt: Why and When Children of Immigrants Status-Strive at Work
Herrison Chicas, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2:30 PM

Research Panel 7: Immigrant Founding and Ownership Teams

The Ethnic Composition of Immigrant Teams in Start-ups on Funding and Innovation Capabilities 
Honghua Li, Morgan State University

Mixed ethnic teams and firm innovation: The role of organizational choices
Francesco Di Lorenzo, Copenhagen Business School

Immigrant International New Ventures: Impact of Mixed Co-Ownership on their Export-Financial Dynamics
Horatio Morgan, University of Waterloo

3:30 PM

Closing Remarks


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