Exploring the drivers of entrepreneurship in Indian migrants to New Zealand. An enquiry into the personal, labour market and economic factors prompting entrepreneurial behaviours

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Emerson, Alastair
Gunaratne, Asoka
Hebblethwaite, Denisa
Paulose, Albert
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2011
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Indian immigrants
entrepreneurship
New Zealand
Indians in New Zealand
migrants
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Emerson, A. W., Gunaratne , K. A., Hebblethwaite, D., and Paulose, A. (2011). Exploring the Drivers of Entrepreneurship in Indian Migrants to New Zealand. An enquiry into the personal, labour market and economic factors prompting entrepreneurial behaviours, Conference Proceedings, ANZMAC, Hosted by Edith Cowan University,.
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This study examines the factors prompting Indian immigrants to become entrepreneurs in New Zealand. The study defines an entrepreneur as someone who has a business and employs at least one employee. Using this definition, and informed by census data it employs analysis of in-depth interviews with 11 Indian migrant entrepreneurs in Auckland. The participants were chosen through a purposive sampling method. Qualitative analysis was carried out using Nvivo data management software. The study discovered several factors relating to personal experiences, labour market trends and economic pressures which led to the participants taking an entrepreneurial path. Most of the motivating factors experienced by these Indian immigrant entrepreneurs are similar to entrepreneurs in general and are both positive and negative.
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