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Categorising and labelling entrepreneurs: Business support organisations constructing the Other through prefixes of ethnicity and immigrantship
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Business Administration. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, HELIX Vinn Excellence Centre. Linköping University, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3030-0314
Lund University, Sweden.
University of Birmingham, UK.
University of Birmingham, UK.
2016 (English)In: International Small Business Journal, ISSN 0266-2426, E-ISSN 1741-2870, Vol. 34, no 3, 242-260 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article demonstrates how Swedish support organisations approach and target immigrant entrepreneurs in terms of categorisation and labelling. In their strategic positioning, and as a result of framing and communicating specific target groups for their activities, organisations simultaneously produce and reproduce categories of clients. We argue that despite its emancipatory intent, the process of categorisation runs the risk of reproducing an inferior Other. Adding prefixes in labelling entrepreneurs may replicate the societal hierarchies that business support initiatives were designed to counteract. This article questions the basis of business support for minority entrepreneurs and is a contribution to wider debates concerned with exposing the constructed nature of entrepreneurship.

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Sage Publications, 2016. Vol. 34, no 3, 242-260 p.
Keyword [en]
business support, categorisation, ethnicity, immigrant entrepreneurship, labelling
Keyword [sv]
entreprenörskap, kategorisering, etnicitet, företagsstöd, invandrarskap
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-112358DOI: 10.1177/0266242614555877ISI: 000375575000002OAI: diva2:765615
VINNOVA, 2014-03143Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2006-1524

Funding agencies: Swedens innovation agency via HELIX VINN Excellence Centre [2014-03143]; REMESO, FORTE Centre of Excellence (FAS/FORTE) [2006-1524]

Available from: 2014-11-24 Created: 2014-11-24 Last updated: 2016-06-09

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