Editor: Dr Spinder Dhaliwal
Westminster Business School
University of Westminster
Diversity in all of its guises has been increasingly at the heart of Entrepreneurship. Research has focused on various ethnic minority groups, some established such as Asian entrepreneurs where emphasis has been on the challenges they have faced to become an increasingly important part of the entrepreneurial story. Rags to riches legends encapsulate immigrant entrepreneurs. The waves of refugee entrepreneurs shed light on forced migration. Looking more deeply, there are geographical and spatial issues as to where they have built their businesses, many still relying on co-ethnic customers and supply chains. Certain cities are more responsive to creating structures to support these businesses.
Female entrepreneurship has played a pivotal role, as has gender in general. Far more sophisticated research goes beyond the start up struggles and deprivations. Abilities and disabilities, particularly following the pandemic, play an increasingly important role.
This book of cases on diversity and entrepreneurship will reflect stories of real life entrepreneurs. This is particularly relevant for the diverse groups of students we, as educators, are dealing with at undergraduate and postgraduate level as well as executive education. They can more easily relate to this material and be inspired. Greater emphasis on the decolonization of the curriculum calls for more diverse cases to be published, reflecting the richness and strengths of diversity and the particular issues facing these businesses. Sometimes double and even triple discrimination hamper progress and it is educating and enlightening to learn how individuals, groups and communities have dealt with issues to pursue entrepreneurship, be it enforced or a positive choice.
Case examples include:
- Migrant and refugee entrepreneurs
- Enforced migration
- Intercultural entrepreneurship
- Place based entrepreneurial diversity
- Ethnic minority businesses
- Inclusive entrepreneurship
- Female entrepreneurship
- Gender and entrepreneurship
- Abilities and disabilities
Elgar cases in Entrepreneurship and Diversity will provide a valuable resource to fulfil any instructor’s case needs. Sold as separate books in discrete fields and geographical areas and together as an online resource, they will cover state of the art in entrepreneurship offering expert analysis. This book will deliver an essential service to a broad spectrum of instructors. Each case will have teaching notes, learning outcomes and discussion questions. Some of the online resources will include podcasts. Here we offer a series of diverse cases for educators and from which students can learn from. There is a paucity of these currently.
Guidance for authors/Submitting Author Requirements
Contributors are invited to submit a short chapter summary (1000 words)
If accepted, authors will be required to submit the final case by 26 September 2022. The chapters will be around 5000 words in length.
All final chapters will be peer reviewed.
Please send your Chapter outline to:
17 March 2022: Chapter Outline Deadline
31 March 2022 Chapter review outcome to authors
26 September 2022: Full Chapter submission
31 October 2022: Final acceptance notification
Spring/Summer 2023: Projected Publication