This paper develops a taxonomy of rural micro-enterprises based on their level of embeddedness in the rural. Drawing upon 19 in-depth narrative interviews we identify the classifications of ‘bedrock’, ‘anchored’, ‘disembedded’ and ‘perfunctory’ enterprises. This offers a new categorisation of rural micro enterprises and challenges the notion that all rural micro-enterprises add value to the rural economy. Indeed, ‘disembedded’ rural micro-enterprises may have parasitical tendencies and be negative contributors to rural economic sustainability due to the actions and choices made by the owner-manager(s). Through the creation of an empirically and conceptually grounded taxonomy we reveal a number of important attributes which develop understanding of the nature of rural micro enterprises and highlight the varied activities of such businesses. The implications of the taxonomy are discussed, and important policy implications are identified.
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation|
|Early online date||12 May 2022|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 12 May 2022|