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A comparative analysis of Asian versus Asian American entrepreneurship

Evidence from Stanford University alumni
ByYong Suk Lee, Chuck Eesley

This chapter examines the degree to which Koreans and other Asians who studied abroad at Stanford University absorb entrepreneurial values. Despite Stanford being located in Silicon Valley and being considered the pre-eminent institution for teaching and disseminating entrepreneurial values, this chapter finds that Koreans and other Asians who studied there do not become substantially more entrepreneurial, even though Korean Americans and other Asian Americans do become substantially more entrepreneurial in the same environment. This finding suggests that there are limits on relying on Korean nationals as a source of global diversity, necessitating that individuals who are further removed from the Korean context and socialized elsewhere such as members of the diaspora or even true foreigners be recruited as a source of diversity.