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Business networks at start-up: Swedish native-owned and immigrant-owned companies
Society and Engineering, School of Business, Västerås, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8430-5714
Department of Business, Economics and Law, Mid Sweden University, Östersund, Sweden.
Department of Tourism Studies and Geography, Mid Sweden University, Östersund, Sweden.
2014 (English)In: International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, ISSN 1476-1297, E-ISSN 1741-8054, Vol. 22, no 3, p. 307-325Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to examine the differences between native Swedish and immigrant entrepreneurs’ business networks at start-up  stage. The study is based on a database consisting of 261 immigrant- and  2,463 native-owned companies, applying several univariate and multivariate statistical methods. Immigrant entrepreneurs’ business networks are less likely to include mainstream contacts at the start-up stage than native born entrepreneurs. Thus, ethnicity is an important variable explaining differences in such networks at the start-up stage. A combination of both mainstream and immigrant networks has the potential to give rise to more growth for immigrant-owned businesses. As a result, these businesses may have potential to create new jobs for unemployed immigrants. This study provides a deeper understanding of how ethnicity may influence the entrepreneurs’ use of business networks. It may lead to policy makers considering access to mainstreaming networks as an important issue in the social and economic integration.

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Inderscience Enterprises , 2014. Vol. 22, no 3, p. 307-325
Keywords [en]
Business networks; Ethnicity; Immigrant network; Integration; Start-up; Sweden
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Business Administration
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Business Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-61377DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2014.063778Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84904765025OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-61377DiVA, id: diva2:1148217
Available from: 2017-04-12 Created: 2017-10-10 Last updated: 2018-06-25Bibliographically approved

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