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Path-and Place-dependence of entrepreneurial ventures at times of war and conflict.

Kwong, CCY and Cheung, C (2017) 'Path-and Place-dependence of entrepreneurial ventures at times of war and conflict.' International Small Business Journal, 35 (8). 903 - 927. ISSN 0266-2426

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Studies have previously examined the path development of entrepreneurs within a penurious environment but what if their path encounters a conflict situation? Does it make the place even more resource-poor and subsequently squeeze out any remaining life from entrepreneurism? Utilising Isaksen?s (2014) characterisation of path-dependence, we intend to examine how entrepreneurs negotiate their path through the ?double whammy? of penurious environment and conflict. Through an event-based approach examining the entrepreneurial paths of three wartime entrepreneurs, our study indicates that, whilst the immediate aftermath is chaos leading to limited path-extension and even path-exhaustion, once the initial fog is clear, entrepreneurial individuals find different ways to adapt, not only through path-extension, but also through path-renewal and path-creation. These opportunities are place-dependent, the recognition of which requires considerable local knowledge and resources acquired through experience and prior local investment as well as interdependent networks.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: entrepreneurship, path-dependence, business history, conflict
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Caleb Kwong
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2017 14:16
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2021 13:17

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