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Entrepreneurship bridging ethnic divides
Faculty of Law, University of Graz, Universitätsstraße 15, Graz, 8010, Austria.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Economics. Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Centre for Entrepreneurship and Spatial Economics (CEnSE). School of Architecture and Built Environment, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Teknikringen 10A, Stockholm, SE 100 44, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2080-6859
2022 (English)In: International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, ISSN 1476-1297, E-ISSN 1741-8054, Vol. 45, no 4, p. 423-449Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this article is to examine the wider societal outcomes of entrepreneurs' networking in ethnically divided post-conflict societies. Using network theory to explain relational dynamics between business, social and personal relationships, we postulate that entrepreneurs' interactions generate connections and paths across ethnically diverse social networks, thus facilitating social relations between ethnic groups. The survey was conducted with 130 entrepreneurs in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and North Macedonia. The findings demonstrate that entrepreneurs are driven to increase profit and networks when cooperating with diverse ethnic groups. While spreading their business connections with other ethnic groups, they at the same time form connections between ethnic communities. Entrepreneurs alleviate ethnic cleavages and improve relations between ethnic groups. This article contributes to the recognition of the capacity of economic ties to facilitate cooperative patterns and rebuild impaired ethnic relations in ethnically divided post-conflict societies.

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InderScience Publishers, 2022. Vol. 45, no 4, p. 423-449
Keywords [en]
business networks, cross-ethnic paths, entrepreneurs, ethnically divided post-conflict societies, social cohesion
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-56619DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2022.122663Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85130106879Local ID: ;intsam;814297OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-56619DiVA, id: diva2:1661775
Available from: 2022-05-30 Created: 2022-05-30 Last updated: 2022-05-30Bibliographically approved

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