Immigrant entrepreneurs, technology transfer and knowledge spillovers: the case of Lyon Barcelona (1933-1981)

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Abstract

The study explores the key contributory factors in the success of
immigrant entrepreneurs in disseminating technical knowledge
in host economies. Based on a study of the Lyon Barcelona textile
printing firm in Premià de Mar, we show how the introduction
of screen printing in 1933 eventually stimulated the creation of
a cluster specialised in the manufacture of printing moulds. The
knowhow provided by the new technique was transferred from the
factory itself and disseminated to new small businesses that were
set up in and around the town of Premià. Thanks to the vision of an
immigrant entrepreneur, who saw the potential of the new business
inside the pre-existing industrial framework in Catalonia, and his close
collaboration with local managers, this cross-border business initiative
had a decisive impact on the host economy
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1162-1181
JournalBusiness History
Volume62
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2020

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