Following ISBE 2017: Entrepreneurship in Minority Groups


Reflections from Entrepreneurship in Minority Groups track chair,
Dr Tom Domboka

The ISBE 2017 Entrepreneurship in Minority groups track was remarkable for 2 things – the number of papers presented and the quality of papers.

Under the conference theme ‘‘Borders’, prosperity and entrepreneurial responses’, a wide range of topics covering the various dimensions of the track were explored and these included topics on, refugee entrepreneurial ambitions, entrepreneurial superdiversity, entrepreneurial aspirations and capabilities of new migrants and refugees, ethnic entrepreneurship and the concept of mixed-embeddedness, How resource organisations support disabled entrepreneurs, and multi-directional trend in diaspora and transnational entrepreneurship, to mention just few.

The papers were well-researched and the quality of presentations were very good and interactive which kept the track well-attended throughout the conference.

In line with the theme of the conference, we heard about the movement of people (refugees, general and economic migrants) across borders as the world is increasingly becoming borderless and how this new reality is positively impacting on communities as many of the migrants bring with them a wealth of experience, expertise and new entrepreneurial impetus.

The track also benefited from a rich mix very seasoned researchers in the field such as Prof Monder Ram, early career researchers and PhD students who were able to share their research and receive useful feedback and suggestions.

Paul Lassalle receiving the best paper award in the Entrepreneurship in Minority Groups track

This year there were a number of high quality papers such that it was very difficult to nominate the best paper on the track. In the end, the best track paper award to given to the paper, ‘Approximating Entrepreneurial Superdiversity: Evidence from ethnic minority entrepreneurship in Glasgow; by Paul Lassalle and Sakura Yamamura.

Feedback from the conference participants was very positive and encouraging and we hope to build on the success of this year’s track papers and presentations and look forward to the ISBE 2018 conference in Birmingham.



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