26 March 2009

Call for papers: Ethnicity, Cultural Diversity and Entrepreneurship

Call for papers: Ethnicity, Cultural Diversity and Entrepreneurship

A special issue of Global Business and Economics Review

The unit of analysis in traditional entrepreneurship was the entrepreneur. More recently, evidence has shown that individuals of different ethnic backgrounds react in unlike ways to opportunities for entrepreneurship (Dana, 1995). Therefore, entrepreneurship cannot be explained simply by individual level accounts. Furthermore, in some cultures, the backbone of the economy is community-based enterprise (Peredo & Chrisman, 2006), collective entrepreneurship (Dana, 2007), or subsistence self-employment (Meis-Mason et al, 2008).

Examples of ethnic entrepreneurs can include, among others, Native Americans (USA), Aboriginals (Australia), the Sami people (Finland) or immigrated ethnic groups (e.g. Pakistanis in UK, Algerians in France). This special issue will focus on entrepreneurship as a function of ethnicity, reflecting various contexts in which cultural diversity is an explanatory variable for the nature of the economy. Anthropological and sociological perspectives are welcome, as are economic studies.

[1] Dana, L ., “Entrepreneurship in a Remote Sub-Arctic Community: Nome, Alaska,” Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 20 (1), Fall 1995, pp. 55-72. Reprinted in Norris Krueger, editor, Entrepreneurship: Critical Perspectives on Business and Management, Volume IV, London: Routledge, 2002, pp. 255-275.
[2] Dana, L., and Dana, T., “Collective Entrepreneurship in a Mennonite Community in Paraguay,” Latin American Business Review 8 (4), 2007, pp. 82-96.
[3] Meis-Mason, A., et al., “Entrepreneurship in Coral Harbour, Nunavut” International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation 9 (2), June 2008, pp. 1-10.
[4] Peredo, A, and Chrisman, J., “Toward a Theory of Community-based Enterprise,” Academy of Management Review 31 (2), 2006, pp. 302-328.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Indigenous people
  • Immigrant groups
  • Enterprise development and support
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Land rights
  • Traditional knowledge
  • Opportunity recognition
  • Collective entrepreneurship
  • Religion and entrepreneurship
  • The Arctic
Important Date
The deadline for submissions is September, 15th 2009

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