Entrepreneurial becoming : an educational pathway out of poverty

Tonelli, Marcello & Dalglish, Carol L. (2011) Entrepreneurial becoming : an educational pathway out of poverty. In 3rd International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC) 2011, 12 – 13 September, 2011, London South Bank University.

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This paper reports a longitudinal analysis of 20 necessity driven micro-entrepreneurs operating in Beira, Central Mozambique, who received funding and training from the same NGO to establish or grow their business activities and reports the development of these entrepreneurs in terms of their acquired entrepreneurial potential for long-term success. The results indicate there is a process of entrepreneurial becoming that is not just about access to finance but especially learning and, when successful, this process supports the transformation of survival micro-enterprises into entrepreneurial micro-businesses. The concept of ‘becoming’ contains an implicit temporal dimension. Becoming suggests a transformation over time: a change from what one is already. In this study, we witness a significant change in understanding how a business needs to operate, in recognizing opportunities, thinking more creatively, and building self-confidence.

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ID Code: 46158
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Micro-entrepreneurship, Managerial Capital, Training, Action Learning, Mozambique, indigenous
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Entrepreneurship (150304)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 please consult authors
Deposited On: 27 Sep 2011 01:19
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2012 10:42

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