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Positive design and construction of mechanisms for the sustainable development in microenterprises in Africa

Dalglish, Carol L. & Matthews, Judy H. (2010) Positive design and construction of mechanisms for the sustainable development in microenterprises in Africa. In Cooperrider, David & Avital, Michel (Eds.) Positive design and appreciative construction : from sustainable development to sustainable value. Emerald Group Publishing Inc., Bingley, U.K., pp. 297-317.

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Abstract

Enterprise development and its contribution to societal and economic outcomes are well known. However, limited research into microenterprises and the practices of microfinance and microcredit in developing countries has been carried out. This chapter presents the findings of research based on six years of engagement with the microentrepreneurs of Beira in Mozambique and suggests a model for responsible and sustainable support for enterprise development in developing economies. Building on semistructured interviews, observation, and participatory action research, this research project articulates a new approach supportive of enterprise development, as a process of cocreation with local people and based on sustainability principles. These findings are part of a longitudinal study of the successes and failures of small enterprises and their impact on social and economic activity.

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ID Code: 38742
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Positive Design, Sustainable Development , Microenterprises , Africa
DOI: 10.1108/S1475-9152(2010)0000003020
ISBN: 9780857243690
ISSN: 1475-9152
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Entrepreneurship (150304)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Small Business Management (150314)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 23 Nov 2010 12:56
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:25

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