Entrepreneurship Among the Displaced and Dispossessed: Exploring the Limits of Emancipatory Entrepreneuring

18 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2015

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Haya Al-Dajani

University of East Anglia (UEA) - Norwich Business School

Sara Carter

University of Strathclyde - Department of Marketing

Eleanor Shaw

University of Strathclyde - Department of Marketing

Susan Marlow

Nottingham Business School

Date Written: October 2015

Abstract

This paper explores the links between entrepreneurship, emancipation and gender within the international development arena. Through a longitudinal analysis of a micro‐enterprise development project in which intermediary organizations contract traditional handicrafts from female home‐based producers, we focus on the impact of contracting policies on the ability of the desperately poor to improve their disadvantaged position. Our critical analysis reveals how intermediaries who impose exclusive contracting conditions, supposedly to protect the women's interests, actually constrain the emancipatory potential of the women's entrepreneurial activities. However, such contractual limitations generate collaborative networks enabling the women to challenge these constraints in an effort to assert control over their activities. Accordingly, this paper contributes to contemporary debates concerning the emancipatory potential of entrepreneurship within the context of development. We advance this analysis through a gendered evaluation of the role of intermediary organizations on entrepreneurial emancipation and related empowerment.

Suggested Citation

Al-Dajani, Haya and Carter, Sara and Shaw, Eleanor and Marlow, Susan, Entrepreneurship Among the Displaced and Dispossessed: Exploring the Limits of Emancipatory Entrepreneuring (October 2015). British Journal of Management, Vol. 26, Issue 4, pp. 713-730, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2675650 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12119

Haya Al-Dajani (Contact Author)

University of East Anglia (UEA) - Norwich Business School ( email )

Norwich
NR4 7TJ
United Kingdom

Sara Carter

University of Strathclyde - Department of Marketing ( email )

Glasgow, Scotland
United Kingdom

Eleanor Shaw

University of Strathclyde - Department of Marketing ( email )

Glasgow, Scotland
United Kingdom

Susan Marlow

Nottingham Business School

Burton Street
NG1 4BU Nottingham
United Kingdom

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