Entrepreneurship in Minority Groups



Prof Sonny Nwankwo, University of East London

Dr Walid Nakara, Montpellier Business School

The Track focuses on the movements and patterns of entrepreneurship in minority groups, processes of evolution, growth and crises of sustainability. Interests are on entrepreneurship research that treats ‘Minority Groups’ in a more inclusive frame, to embrace but avoid a narrow dependence on ethnic minority groups. The Track seeks to encourage and make visible a wider range of research that explores how entrepreneurial activities are embedded in economic, political and socio-cultural contexts of developing economies as well as migrant/travelling, diaspora and ‘marginal’ (e.g. gay, refugee, disable) populations.

The Track covers an expanded range of topics, including:
• Ethnic entrepreneurship, spatial and temporal dimensions of ethnic minority businesses
• Diaspora entrepreneurship, trans-national diasporas and entrepreneurial networks
• Landscapes of entrepreneurship in specific but under-studied groups (e.g. disabled, gay, expatriates, ‘new/old’ communities).
• Patterns of entrepreneurship evolvement in informal settings particularly in developing/transitionary economies and evolution from informality to formality.
• Empowering role of entrepreneurship among minority groups (e.g. using the platform of entrepreneurship for negotiating identities and social justice)