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Biographical methods and professional practiceAn international perspective$
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Prue Chamberlayne

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344939

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344939.001.0001

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Ethnic entrepreneurship as innovation1

Ethnic entrepreneurship as innovation1

Chapter:
(p.72) (p.73) Five Ethnic entrepreneurship as innovation1
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Biographical methods and professional practice
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Feiwel Kupferberg

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861344939.003.0005

This chapter is a result of the longstanding interest in three different approaches that rarely intersect or that rarely share a mutual interest. These approaches are: biography, entrepreneurship and innovation. The rationale why biographical research and entrepreneurial research have rarely engaged in an effort of interdisciplinary communication is easy to determine. Entrepreneurial research is a branch of business economics that specialises in the founding of new ventures and the problems of legitimisation that such ventures encounter as they seek to gain trust among possible stakeholders and business partners. These difficulties, summarised as ‘liability of the new’, put organisational issues related to strategies for overcoming the assumed liability of the new at the centre of business-oriented research. This elucidates why interest in the role of the person in the founding of new ventures is fading. Among the topics discussed herein include: biography and analyses of migrant entrepreneurship; innovation as redefinition of legitimate means and cultural values; innovation as a means to circumvent discrimination; and policy implications.

Keywords:   biography, entrepreneurship, innovation, biographical research, entrepreneurial research, migrant entrepreneurship, cultural values, discrimination, policy implications

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