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The role of family social capital in immigrants’ entrepreneurial opportunity creation processes
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4260-7276
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration. Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Center for Family Enterprise and Ownership (CeFEO).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9248-3705
2019 (English)In: International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, ISSN 1476-1297, E-ISSN 1741-8054, Vol. 36, no 1-2, p. 164-188Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper conducts an inductive case study to build a theory on the role of family in both the host and home countries in immigrant entrepreneurs' attempts at creating entrepreneurial opportunities. We used the perspectives of the opportunity creation process and family social capital. We relied on data collected from four cases of immigrant entrepreneurs from Lebanon, Syria, Cameroon and Mexico who have established businesses in Sweden. The paper identified three sources of family social capital: family duties, family trust and family support as being relevant for creating opportunities. While family duties triggered the process of forming an entrepreneurial idea, this process was advanced by the existence of family trust. Family support was then the building block for launching an entrepreneurial idea. By identifying these three sources of family social capital, we show that families in the host and home countries contribute to immigrant entrepreneurs' opportunity creation.

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InderScience Publishers, 2019. Vol. 36, no 1-2, p. 164-188
Keywords [en]
immigrant entrepreneurship; opportunity creation; family social capital; entrepreneurial ideas; home country; host country; family duty; family trust
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-35554DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2019.096973Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85058788727OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-35554DiVA, id: diva2:1096384
Available from: 2017-05-17 Created: 2017-05-17 Last updated: 2019-01-14Bibliographically approved

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