Title: Learning from Lagnado about self-employment and entrepreneurship in Egypt

Authors: Léo-Paul Dana

Addresses: Montpellier Research in Management, Groupe Sup de Co Montpellier Business School, rue des Moulins, Montpellier, France; University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch, New Zealand

Abstract: Lucette (Loulou) Lagnado is an investigative journalist for The Wall Street Journal, and from her memoirs much can be learned about self-employment, small business, and entrepreneurship. She counts among the almost one million Jewish persons who have been ethnically cleansed from Muslim countries during the past 65 years; the stories of these refugees are little known. In her books, Lagnado recounts a typical true story and also teaches the reader about enterprise and livelihood in pre-revolutionary Egypt, and beyond.

Keywords: Egypt; refugees; Lucette Lagnado; bazaars; self-employment; informal sector; parallel economies; journalists; Wall Street Journal; investigative journalism; Jewish people; Jews; ethnic cleansing; Muslim countries; biographies; memoirs; Cairo; small and medium-sized enterprises; SMEs; entrepreneurs; entrepreneurship; developing nations.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2012.048653

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2012 Vol.17 No.1, pp.140 - 153

Available online: 09 Aug 2012 *

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