In contemporary developed Western societies, structural discrimination often bars ethnic minorities from entering mainstream entrepreneurship and labor markets. Consequently, minorities engage in microentrepreneurship for economic survival and to retain their social identities. Yet despite the economic value of ethnic minority microbusinesses, little is known about the underlying forces that develop fundamental resources which shape their performance. Based on Bourdieu’s forms of capital and the resource-based view of the firm, our study presents a novel culture-induced entrepreneurship model. This model explains how ethnic minority culture shapes the development of human capital resources and how these resources contribute to business performance in communities which are often characterized as “left behind.” Our study challenges the dominant underdog discourse of (cultural) capital deficit among ethnic minority entrepreneurs.
|Number of pages||34|
|Journal||Journal of Small Business Management|
|Early online date||5 Apr 2023|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 5 Apr 2023|