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A missing link in immigrant entrepreneurship: family functions and opportunity creation processes
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration. Lund University, School of Economics and Management.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
2018 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
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Abstract [en]

This paper employs an inductive case study to explore the relevance of the family functions in the opportunity creation process by immigrant entrepreneurs. We employ the perspective of the opportunity creation process and the family functions for theory building purposes. We conducted four cases of immigrant entrepreneurs who established businesses in Sweden and that have their origins in Lebanon and Syria, Cameroon, Mexico, and Syria. The paper identifies three family functions -- or family ways of working -- facilitating the opportunity creation process: (I) changing family roles, (II) family (acting) as a springboard, (III) family (acting) as trusting bedrock. These family functions were not static features rather processes influencing the opportunity creation process. The functions were connected to a specific opportunity creation process in the same order: (I) the triggering process, (II) the exploration of an entrepreneurial idea and (III) the exploitation of the entrepreneurial idea. The family functions changed as needed during the opportunity creation processes. Such change was however limited to the pool of resources available to the immigrant entrepreneur and the family in the home and host countries.

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British Academy of Management , 2018.
Keywords [en]
immigrant entrepreneurship, opportunities, functions, family, opportunity creation
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-42583OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-42583DiVA, id: diva2:1277641
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British Academy of Management, BAM2018, "Driving Productivity in Uncertain and Challenging Times", Bristol Business School, Bristol, UK, 4-6 September 2018
Available from: 2019-01-11 Created: 2019-01-11 Last updated: 2019-01-11Bibliographically approved

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