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Global Business and Economics Review
Global Business and Economics Review


Special Issue: "Ethnicity, Cultural Diversity and Entrepreneurship"

Guest Editors:
Robert Anderson, University of Regina, Canada
Leo Paul Dana, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

The unit of analysis in traditional entrepreneurship was the entrepreneur. More recently, evidence has shown that individuals of different ethnic backgrounds react in unlike ways to opportunities for entrepreneurship (Dana, 1995). Therefore, entrepreneurship cannot be explained simply by individual level accounts. Furthermore, in some cultures, the backbone of the economy is community-based enterprise (Peredo & Chrisman, 2006), collective entrepreneurship (Dana, 2007), or subsistence self-employment (Meis-Mason et al, 2008).

Examples of ethnic entrepreneurs can include, among others, Native Americans (USA), Aboriginals (Australia), the Sami people (Finland) or immigrated ethnic groups (e.g. Pakistanis in UK, Algerians in France). This special issue will focus on entrepreneurship as a function of ethnicity, reflecting various contexts in which cultural diversity is an explanatory variable for the nature of the economy. Anthropological and sociological perspectives are welcome, as are economic studies.

[1] Dana, L ., “Entrepreneurship in a Remote Sub-Arctic Community: Nome, Alaska,” Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 20 (1), Fall 1995, pp. 55-72. Reprinted in Norris Krueger, editor, Entrepreneurship: Critical Perspectives on Business and Management, Volume IV, London: Routledge, 2002, pp. 255-275.
[2] Dana, L., and Dana, T., “Collective Entrepreneurship in a Mennonite Community in Paraguay,” Latin American Business Review 8 (4), 2007, pp. 82-96.
[3] Meis-Mason, A., et al., “Entrepreneurship in Coral Harbour, Nunavut” International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation 9 (2), June 2008, pp. 1-10.
[4] Peredo, A, and Chrisman, J., “Toward a Theory of Community-based Enterprise,” Academy of Management Review 31 (2), 2006, pp. 302-328.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Indigenous people
  • Immigrant groups
  • Enterprise development and support
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Land rights
  • Traditional knowledge
  • Opportunity recognition
  • Collective entrepreneurship
  • Religion and entrepreneurship
  • The Arctic

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

The deadline for submissions is September, 15th 2009