Entrepreneurial motivations and capabilities of migrant entrepreneurs in Australia

Rametse, N, Moremong-Nganunu, T, Juan Ding, M and Arenius, P 2018, 'Entrepreneurial motivations and capabilities of migrant entrepreneurs in Australia', International Migration, vol. 56, no. 4, pp. 217-234.


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Title Entrepreneurial motivations and capabilities of migrant entrepreneurs in Australia
Author(s) Rametse, N
Moremong-Nganunu, T
Juan Ding, M
Arenius, P
Year 2018
Journal name International Migration
Volume number 56
Issue number 4
Start page 217
End page 234
Total pages 18
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Abstract This article presents findings on immigrant entrepreneurship in Australia. The relationship between the entrepreneurial start-up motivation, co-ethnic preferences and entrepreneurial capabilities of established immigrant businesses are explored. We analyse data collected with a self-administered survey questionnaire from 157 immigrant entrepreneurs in Melbourne's suburbs. Our findings show that immigrant entrepreneurs who report a high level of individual achievement as their start-up motivation also report high levels of entrepreneurial capabilities in terms of opportunity recognition, managerial innovativeness and proactiveness. Immigrant entrepreneurs who are highly influenced by co-ethnic preferences on staff employment and customer targeting report higher opportunity recognition than those who have a co-ethnic preference on suppliers. We provide important insights and explanations for these findings and their implications for Australian immigrant entrepreneurs and policymakers.
Subject Entrepreneurship
DOI - identifier 10.1111/imig.12452
Copyright notice © 2018 The Authors, International Migration © 2018 IOM
ISSN 1468-2435
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