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Entrepreneurship in a developing economy : preliminary findings

Matthews, Judy H., Dalglish, Carol L., & Tonelli, Marcello (2012) Entrepreneurship in a developing economy : preliminary findings. In Proceedings of : AOM2012 Academy of Management Annual Meeting : The Informal Economy, Academy of Management , Boston, Mass.

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      Theories of entrepreneurship have largely been informed by research in western contexts, and recent calls for research attention to entrepreneurship in developing countries highlight the need for accurate information about entrepreneurship in this field. In addition, some findings from such research have highlighted the critical research needs in this area (Bruton, Ahlstrom & Obloj, 2009). This paper reports early findings from one study of a longitudinal research program with entrepreneurs in an Eastern African context, in a society largely affected by colonization and a long-standing civil war. Entrepreneurs in this study are recipients of micro-credit loans as well as elementary business training. Findings from a review of microloans indicate that entrepreneurial activities are largely in the form of local entrepreneurship rather than systemic entrepreneurship (Suatet, 2011) and the benefits of business improvements achieved from micro-loans are enhanced by feelings of agency and purpose regarding future business activities. Implications for theory and practice are presented.

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      ID Code: 52871
      Item Type: Conference Paper
      Keywords: Entrepreneurship, Developing Economy
      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 2012 [please consult the author]
      Deposited On: 02 Aug 2012 14:34
      Last Modified: 14 Aug 2012 20:43

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