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Resource mobilization among informal entrepreneurs: A case of event planning industry of Pakistan
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration.
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This dissertation studies resource mobilization among informal entrepreneurs. It combines the resource mobilization perspective with insights from social capital and human capital theory to understand the resource mobilization activities of informal entrepreneurs, focusing on the founding period and the early years of existence of informal ventures. Empirically the study is based on 15 cases from event planning industry of Pakistan. It primarily uses semi-structured interviews along with observations and secondary documents. The within and cross-case coding are aggregated into a conceptual model that paves the way to understanding inter-organizational gains through informal entrepreneurial networks. These informal entrepreneurial networks are largely based on competitor’s networks that support the exchange of resources, such as the exchange of knowledge, raw material, ideas, opportunities, etc. The new insights contributed from the findings are that resource mobilization is not competitive but rather collaborative among informal entrepreneurs. This collaborative resource mobilization is mainly based on activities like competitor’s collaboration, collaborative knowledge sharing through informal venturing, for the advancement of business goals at founding and in later stages. Collaborative resource mobilization is an alternative to competitive resource mobilization, whereby the flow of resources in the networks remains competitive when it comes to business rivalry. The study contributes to the role of social and human capital in resource mobilizing activities that improve the synergistic effects contributing to the readiness of informal entrepreneurs. Trust and reciprocal exchange of resources among competitors act as a major strengthening factor in promoting collaborative resource mobilization among informal entrepreneurs. It also contributes to the informal entrepreneurship literature and suggests that informal entrepreneurship should not be considered as marginalized activities, but rather a platform where the considerable potential of creative entrepreneurial activity is present.

Abstract [sv]

Denna avhandling studerar resursmobilisering bland informella entreprenörer. Den kombinerar resursmobiliseringsperspektivet med teorier om socialt kapital och humankapital. Syftet är att förstå hur informella entreprenörer mobiliserar resurser med fokus på verksamhetens start och de tidiga åren i informella företags existens. Empiriskt är studien baserad på 15 fall från evenemangsbranschen i Pakistan. Studien bygger på halvstrukturerade intervjuer tillsammans med observationer och dokument. Genom systematisk kodning av det empiriska materialet skapas en konceptuell modell med fokus på informella entreprenöriella nätverk. Dessa nätverk är till stor del baserade på konkurrenters nätverk som stöder utbytet av resurser, som utbyte av kunskap, råvaror, idéer, möjligheter etc. De nya insikter som entreprenören får är att resursmobilisering inte är konkurrensbetonad utan snarare samarbetsbetonad hos informella entreprenörer. Denna samarbetsbaserade resursmobilisering baseras huvudsakligen på informell delning av gemensam kunskap för att nå de mål som entreprenören har med sitt företagande. Samarbetande resursmobilisering är ett alternativ till konkurrerande resursmobilisering, där flödet av resurser i nätverken ökar konkurrenskraften. Denna avhandling bidrar till förståelsen av den roll som socialt och human kapital spelar i resursmobiliserande aktiviteter i informella företag. Tillit och ömsesidigt utbyte av resurser fungerar som en förstärkande faktor för att gynna samarbetande resursmobilisering hos informella entreprenörer. Studien bidrar till litteraturen om informellt entreprenörskap och visar att informellt entreprenörskap inte ska betraktas som marginella aktiviteter utan snarare ses som en plattform där det finns en potential för entreprenöriella aktiviteter.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Jönköping: Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School , 2018. , p. 300
Series
JIBS Dissertation Series, ISSN 1403-0470 ; 128
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-42268ISBN: 978-91-86345-90-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-42268DiVA, id: diva2:1269843
Public defence
2018-12-18, B1014, Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2018-12-11 Created: 2018-12-11 Last updated: 2018-12-11Bibliographically approved

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