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    Absent or overlooked? Promoting diversity among entrepreneurs with public support needs

    Owalla, B. and Vorley, T. and Coogan, T. and Lawton Smith, Helen and Wing, K. (2021) Absent or overlooked? Promoting diversity among entrepreneurs with public support needs. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing 13 (3), pp. 231-261. ISSN 1742-5360.

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    Despite the widely recognized importance of diversity for business performance, knowledge concerning the support needs of under-represented groups is still limited. We adopt an intersectional approach to analyse the challenges and support needs of ethnic minority entrepreneurs and those with disabilities to participate in entrepreneurial activity in the UK. Our qualitative data is based on focus groups and semi-structured interviews. The findings suggest that engagement in entrepreneurship is influenced not just by minority status, but by the specific relations to other socio-demographic categories within which that status is embedded. Intersectional counter-frames form part of the strategies utilized by individuals to gain access to otherwise limited resources. We develop a conceptual model for promoting greater equality, diversity and inclusion within an entrepreneurial ecosystem, and recommend a more holistic approach to realizing inclusive economic growth. This includes adopting a hybrid/blended approach that combines targeted programmes with the development of mainstream support programmes.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): equality, diversity and inclusion, intersectionality, counter-frames, policy initiatives, entrepreneurial ecosystem
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Research Centres and Institutes: Innovation Management Research, Birkbeck Centre for
    Depositing User: Helen Lawton Smith
    Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2020 09:35
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:04


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