The impact of policy on immigrant entrepreneurship and businesses practice in Israel
International Journal of Public Sector Management
Article publication date: 3 October 2008
The purpose of this paper is to examine governmental support to immigrant entrepreneurs and its impact on their businesses. The study seeks to explore the needs of immigrant entrepreneurs as to government support schemes, and the impact of government policy upon mobilization of resources and growth of immigrant businesses.
Combining convenient and snowball sample, 218 former Soviet Union immigrant entrepreneurs from all over Israel and all business spheres were surveyed via a questionnaire. Data analysis was conducted by quantitative statistical methods.
Entrepreneurs who encountered more problems at business start‐up are more likely to receive government support. Receiving support facilitates mobilizing resources and compensates for fewer opportunities of initially weak businesses.
Further research might focus upon comparing the impact of policy on immigrant entrepreneurs between countries. Utilization of the findings by policy makers may improve the impact of policy and help to focus the allocation of resources more efficiently.
The paper provides valuable insight for academics and practitioners who are interested to foster immigrant entrepreneurship as mechanism of economic integration.
Heilbrunn, S. and Kushnirovich, N. (2008), "The impact of policy on immigrant entrepreneurship and businesses practice in Israel", International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 21 No. 7, pp. 693-703. https://doi.org/10.1108/09513550810904514
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