Social Capital and the Networking Practices of Indigenous Entrepreneurs

Dennis FOLEY, Allan O’Connor

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A comparative case study analysis has been undertaken on Australian Aboriginal, native Hawaiians, and Ma¯ori entrepreneurs. This work investigates the networking activities by these groups of indigenous entrepreneurs situated within a mixed minority (indigenous) and dominant (settler majority) urban cultural setting. The way in which indigenous entrepreneurs network to achieve their business aspirations suggests that the underlying social capital dimensions are unique to their cultural context. Five comparative characteristics also emerged from the data that assist the analysis. The research reveals how indigenous and potentially other minority ethnic entrepreneurs draw upon internal and external network ties that are related to the historical and cultural influence on social capital.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-296
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Small Business Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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