Exploring female refugee entrepreneurship and the construction of their entrepreneurial identity
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The purpose of this research is to explore the entrepreneurial identities of female refugee entrepreneurs that live in the Netherlands. The influence of their gender identity, refugee identity and ethnic identity was researched to find out how this influences their entrepreneurial identity. This research was conducted by using a narrative approach, whereby the respondents were interviewed and asked to tell their life stories. Afterwards, the stories were analyzed and divided in subthemes, which were in line with the literature that was read beforehand. By looking closely to themes as gender identity, barriers and obstacles were found to do entrepreneurship. The same goes for refugee and ethnic identity, were expectations play a role for doing entrepreneurship. This research provides an insight in the way that the female refugee entrepreneurs construct their entrepreneurial identity and what struggles they experience when doing so. Also, coping mechanisms to overcome this are mentioned throughout the research.
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen