Family embeddedness and entrepreneurship experience: a study of Indian migrant women entrepreneurs in Australia

Azmat, Fara and Fujimoto, Yuka 2016, Family embeddedness and entrepreneurship experience: a study of Indian migrant women entrepreneurs in Australia, Entrepreneurship & regional development, vol. 28, no. 9-10, pp. 630-656, doi: 10.1080/08985626.2016.1208279.

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Title Family embeddedness and entrepreneurship experience: a study of Indian migrant women entrepreneurs in Australia
Author(s) Azmat, FaraORCID iD for Azmat, Fara
Fujimoto, Yuka
Journal name Entrepreneurship & regional development
Volume number 28
Issue number 9-10
Start page 630
End page 656
Total pages 27
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2016
ISSN 0898-5626
Keyword(s) Australia
family embeddedness
ethnic entrepreneurship
migrant women entrepreneurs
Social Sciences
Planning & Development
Business & Economics
Public Administration
Summary GroupIndia has emerged as a major source of migrants for developed countries including Australia; yet, there is a dearth of research on Indian migrant entrepreneurs, particularly women. Using qualitative methods of enquiry, we explore the perceptions of Indian migrant women entrepreneurs (MWEs) and their partners in Melbourne, Australia, about their entrepreneurship experiences from a family embeddedness perspective. More specifically, we explore how family embeddedness of Indian MWEs is influenced by certain factors which in turn influence their entrepreneurship experience. Our findings suggest that entrepreneurship among Indian MWEs is a complex phenomenon influenced by their being an Indian, a woman and a new Australian, all of which interact and influence their family dynamics and entrepreneurial experience. Our findings shed light on the duality of Indian culture which exerts both an enabling and a constraining influence on the family dynamics of MWEs, the constraining role of gender and the positive impact of their integration into the host country’s sociocultural context which all influence their family embeddedness and entrepreneurship. Contributing to the discussion on ‘ethnic’ and ‘women entrepreneurship’ from a family embeddedness perspective, we offer policy implications for facilitating entrepreneurship in the growing but under-researched cohort of Indian MWEs.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/08985626.2016.1208279
Field of Research 150304 Entrepreneurship
1503 Business And Management
Socio Economic Objective 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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