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Enterprises in the suburbs and the locality of entrepreneurship
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies. (Att återskapa förorten i fragmenterade landskap)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4885-6014
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies. Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, ENTER forum. (Att återskapa förorten i fragmenterade landskap)
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies. Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, ENTER forum. (Att återskapa förorten i fragmenterade landskap)
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work. (Att återskapa förorten i fragmenterade landskap)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2844-3204
2017 (English)In: Great regional awakening: new directions / [ed] Lesa Reynolds, 2017Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Suburbs represent an essential subject for regional studies and have a rapidly increasing economic significance within wider metropolitan regions (Phelps 2010). It is necessary to create inclusive suburbs with a stronger identity. The current growth of populations in major cities requires an ability to reorganize existing cities and a massive restructuring of urban infrastructure (Modarres and Kirby 2010). The interpretation of the needs of suburbs have previously called for a transdisciplinary and collaborative strategy (Després et al. 2004). We look at entrepreneurship and different types of 21 businesses as a source of vitalization of suburbs. These ventures are studied in the context of the diversity of the population of suburb. Entrepreneurial investments, the establishment of high impact enterprises as well as networking among local and migrant businesses represent elements that can vitalize previously marginalized suburbs. Enterprises that are clustered in suburban neighborhoods reflect the different impacts of suburban and city spatial forms. Newly arrived citizens draw upon the critical mass of ethnic members to form a niche market for ethnic business (Fong et al. 2007). Minorities may have limited access to financial capital in the larger urban economy, but ethnic enclaves may provide a source of a unique competitive advantage (Cummings 1999). Entrepreneurship rooted in a suburban surrounding represent a specific opportunity to become embedded in an economic and spatial dimension. The migrant may be seen as representing a diversity capital which penetrate specific market conditions located in ethnically diverse neighborhoods situated in the suburbs of major cities. The spatial and entrepreneurial dimension of ethnic business can thereby be given a relevant context for interpretation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017.
Keyword [en]
Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurship, Ethnic Entrepreneurship/Business, Migrant (immigrant, ethnic, minority) Entrepreneurship, Regional Development, Suburbs.
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Economics and Business
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Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33127ISBN: 978-1-897721-60-5 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-33127DiVA: diva2:1134150
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Regional Studies Association Annual Conference 2017 4th – 7th June 2017 Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Funder
Knowledge Foundation
Available from: 2017-08-18 Created: 2017-08-18 Last updated: 2017-08-25Bibliographically approved

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