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Immigrant Enterprise: A study of business owners in Jönköping, Sweden, their challenges and motives.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, ESOL (Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Organization, Leadership).
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, ESOL (Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Organization, Leadership).
2010 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Background The subject of immigrant enterprise has recently become an interesting phenomenon for researchers to investigate. There are numerous books and articles written about this subject, discussing the importance of and influences immigrant enterprises contribute to.

Researchers have also asked themselves what factors are the main indicators, making immigrants start their own businesses. Some argue that one indicator is the number of years in the host country. There is also research suggesting that it is not the number of years that determines salaries and other job-market related factors. Instead it is the time of entry into the new country that pushes people into self-employment.

We will in this thesis investigate and determine the challenges and motivations immigrant business owners have to face when stating their businesses in Jönköping, Sweden.

Purpose Our purpose is twofold. First, we examine if the immigrant business owners faced any challenges when starting their business in Jönköping and how they in that case overcame them. Then, we investigate immigrant business owners’ motivations for starting a business in Jönköping, Sweden.

Method We have in this thesis chosen to conduct a qualitative study based on interviews with nine different immigrant business owners in Jönköping. They have been business owners for more than three years and speak either or a combination of Swedish, Iranian and English. The authors of this thesis are from Sweden and Iran with the common spoken language English and this has guided our choice of interviewees.

Conclusion After analyzing our empirical material we conclude that immigrant business owners’ biggest challenge during the start-up phase is financing and receiving a bank loan. But also that the immigrant business owners we have interviewed started their businesses because they wanted to, not because they had to.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 41 p.
Keyword [en]
Immigrant business owners, challenges and motivations for starting their businesses
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-14244OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-14244DiVA: diva2:384452
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Humanities, Theology
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Available from: 2011-01-14 Created: 2011-01-10 Last updated: 2012-08-15Bibliographically approved

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