Professor Shares Research on International Investment in Emerging Economies

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 2, 2015 – Dr. Tjai M. Nielsen, associate professor of management in the Phillips School of Business and director of executive education & MBA programs at High Point University, recently shared his expertise in global investment with finance professionals in London during a series of invited presentations.

Nielsen’s talks were based on his research about investments made in emerging economies. The majority of the audiences he spoke with were comprised of African emigrants and their descendants living abroad who are interested in investing in the economies of their countries of origin, such as Kenya and Ethiopia. He also advised a non-profit organization that serves as an investment platform for African diaspora investment and has expansion plans to facilitate investments for emigrants from other countries.

While much of Nielsen’s research and teaching at HPU relates to leadership, he has also conducted a significant amount of research in behavioral finance and psychology along with Dr. Liesl Riddle of The George Washington University. This work, published in the “Journal of Business Ethics and Journal of International Management” and others, explores what motivates diaspora investment beyond simple financial returns. Their research has been cited and utilized by the United Nations, World Bank and US AID in an effort to encourage international investment in emerging economies.

“Often, the primary source of foreign investment in emerging economies comes from members of the diaspora,” says Nielsen. “Developing a better understanding of the dynamics involved in this investment process can increase the development of those economies.”

Nielsen’s trip to London and research on emerging economies provides tangible, applicable examples he regularly shares with his students at HPU to improve their understanding of the multi-faceted drivers of international investment.

“This trip represents one example of our work to better understand the dynamics of diaspora investment for the purpose of trying to help,” he says. “The opportunity to do work that might contribute to the development of emerging economies and improvement of their citizen’s quality of life, is a rare and humbling privilege that aligns with HPU’s international focus, commitment to service and desire to make a difference.”

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