‘The person with maximum knowledge will win the race’: Conceptualizing knowledge in microbusinesses

Muhibul Haq, Julie Davies

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Abstract

The concept of knowledge and the process of knowledge sharing in ethnic minority microbusinesses remain neglected in contemporary debates even if their role for economic development is recognized. Drawing on a culturalist view, we explore how knowledge is defined and shared in a local niche market. Thematic analysis of semistructured qualitative interviews with 32 ownermanagers and 11 employee-managers reveals that, contrary to studies on larger firms, local knowledge creation and sharing narrowly based on ethnic strengths are valuable sources of competitive advantage. Our study has implications for researchers,
policymakers, and practitioners in exploring, supporting, and integrating ethnic minority microbusinesses.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Small Business Management
Early online date11 Aug 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Aug 2020

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