Within the project “Transnational networks, transnational entrepreneurship and role of the state”, the meeting between representatives of Group 484, Institute for Change and Leadership in Albania (ICLA), Institute of Social Sciences was held at the beginning of September 2012.
Objectives: The meeting is part of the project work plan (Month 2-3 August – September 2012)
In specific the meeting served for:
 The three participating organization’s expert to getting to know each other better and create synergies through a team spirit
 Reviewing the workplan ( completed activities, upcoming activities and logistics)
 Finalizing the methodology ( review draft questionnaires prepared in each country and consolidate them into one , discuss the methodology, review and agree on the necessary number and profile of the participants for the interviews, review of literature and categorization, etc).
 Discussing the administrative and financial part of the project ( finance, contracts, procurement issues)

 Methodology for research discussed and agreed
 Three Questionnaires finalized
 Profile list of participants in the interviews defined
 Categories for literature review defined


Research Project RRPP Western Balkans
Transnational networks, transnational entrepreneurship and role of the state
2012 – 2013

Key Facts:
Duration: 12 Months ( 2012 – 2013)
•    Participating Countries: Albania, Serbia
•    Participating Organizations: Grupa 484 Serbia ( Project Leader); ICLA – Albania ( Partner); Institute of Social Sciences, Serbia ( Partner).
•    Number of researchers: 8
•    Female researchers: 6
•    Male researchers:2
•    PhD: 4
•    PhD candidates:1
•    MA/MSc: 3

The main goal of this research project is to identify the nature of migrant transnational entrepreneurship, both their formal and informal networks, both in Serbia and Albania as potential for economic development and brain circulation. The research will explore the structural features of these networks through a comparative lenses as well as legal framework and government policies related to migration processes. The arguments of our findings will encourage a new form of policy dialogue that will lead to a more strategic migration policy process. The research will be conducted in four stages to get an insight into the functioning of the transnational networks in countries of origin and destination. The first stage consists of the review of academic and policy literature. The second stage will include semi structured, in-depth, face-to face interviews with transnational firm owners and employees in Serbia and Albania (ten per country). These interviews will provide insight into their experience that will lead to questionnaire development and sample definition. The third stage will be conducted through web-based surveys with Serbian and Albanian transnational professionals living and working in Serbia and Albania (25 per country). The survey will consist of closed-type questions with space for comments and recommendations. The fourth stage will also be conducted through web-based surveys with comparative samples of Serbian and Albanian transnational professionals currently living and working abroad (25 per country).

The result of the research will be the identified forms of transnational entrepreneurship, ways of their forming, especially the structure of their informal migrant entrepreneur networks, as well as their contribution to socio-economic development of the respective countries and recommendations for the governments as to how to support creating and functioning of transnational entrepreneurship in order to support socio-economic development. The outputs of the research will be a publication that will be presented to academic population and a policy brief that will be presented to policy makers. They will be presented at a national press conference in Albania and a regional conference organised in Serbia, as well as on websites of partner organisations/institutions.