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Migrant Women Entrepreneurship and The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Raushan Aman (University of Oulu)
Petri Ahokangas (University of Oulu)
Maria Elo (University of Southern Denmark)
Xiaotian Zhang (Shanghai University)

Disadvantaged Entrepreneurship and the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

ISBN: 978-1-80071-451-9, eISBN: 978-1-80071-450-2

Publication date: 17 January 2022


Although entrepreneurial capacity building is a keenly debated topic in migration and diaspora research, the concept of female entrepreneurial capacity and the framing of highly skilled migrant women has remained underexamined. This chapter, therefore, addresses knowledge gaps related to migrant women entrepreneurs (MWEs) by focusing on the entrepreneurial experiences of highly skilled female migrants from both developed and developing countries. Specifically, we turn the ‘disadvantage’ lens towards migrant women’s inherent entrepreneurial dimension, an issue that deserves greater research attention, linking migrant women and their entrepreneurship to the entrepreneurial host context and business environment. Building on rich qualitative data collected via six semi-structured interviews with MWEs based in Finland, we also make practical suggestions for how MWEs can best engage with their entrepreneurial ecosystem as well as suggestions to policy-makers regarding how to improve gender awareness and migrant inclusivity aspects of entrepreneurial ecosystems.



Aman, R., Ahokangas, P., Elo, M. and Zhang, X. (2022), "Migrant Women Entrepreneurship and The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem", Pickernell, D.G., Battisti, M., Dann, Z. and Ekinsmyth, C. (Ed.) Disadvantaged Entrepreneurship and the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem (Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research, Vol. 14), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 87-119.



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