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Ethnic entrepreneurship as innovation<sup>1</sup>

Feiwel Kupferberg

in Biographical methods and professional practice

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9781861344939
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301554 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861344939.003.0005
Ethnic entrepreneurship as innovation1

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This chapter is a result of the longstanding interest in three different approaches that rarely intersect or that rarely share a mutual interest. These approaches are: biography, entrepreneurship and innovation. The rationale why biographical research and entrepreneurial research have rarely engaged in an effort of interdisciplinary communication is easy to determine. Entrepreneurial research is a branch of business economics that specialises in the founding of new ventures and the problems of legitimisation that such ventures encounter as they seek to gain trust among possible stakeholders and business partners. These difficulties, summarised as ‘liability of the new’, put organisational issues related to strategies for overcoming the assumed liability of the new at the centre of business-oriented research. This elucidates why interest in the role of the person in the founding of new ventures is fading. Among the topics discussed herein include: biography and analyses of migrant entrepreneurship; innovation as redefinition of legitimate means and cultural values; innovation as a means to circumvent discrimination; and policy implications.

Keywords: biography; entrepreneurship; innovation; biographical research; entrepreneurial research; migrant entrepreneurship; cultural values; discrimination; policy implications

Chapter.  8656 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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