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Ethnical Entrepreneurship, Social Networks and Conflict Management: The Case of Assyrian Entrepreneurship in Sweden

Time: Tue 2023-06-13 14.00

Location: BoraBora, Teknikringen 10B, Campus, video conference

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Language: Swedish

Subject area: Business Studies

Doctoral student: Feyyaz Kerimo , Fastighetsekonomi och finans

Opponent: Professor Lars Silver, UMEÅ UNIVERSITET

Supervisor: Professpr Mats Wilhelmsson, Fastighetsekonomi och finans

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The main topic of this study is the difficulties that ethnic entrepreneurs face in establishing their businesses, how and to what extent they benefit from their social networks, the use of informal systems, and conflict management. The study's sample consists of Assyrian entrepreneurs operating in different sectors in Sweden. A detailed interview was conducted with 20 Assyrian entrepreneurs. The results of the study show the important role that private social networks play in the establishment process of businesses for Assyrian entrepreneurs and how they manage their businesses.

The purpose of this study is to investigate the difficulties that Assyrian entrepreneurs in Sweden face in finding financial capital during the establishment phase and what financing solutions they have developed. Previous research has shown that immigrant entrepreneurs experience discrimination in access to capital, which can lead to many entrepreneurs closing their businesses. Therefore, research continues to examine the problem of immigrant entrepreneurs' access to capital.

This study focuses on the theoretical foundation of studies on entrepreneurship in small businesses. Firstly, the importance of factors such as financial capital, human capital, and social capital that affect business start-ups is highlighted. Secondly, an analysis of existing theories on ethnic entrepreneurship shows that it is necessary to consider theories of human, social, and cultural capital together. Thirdly, it is emphasized that conflicts can have a significant impact on the success of the business.