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Title: Ethnic entrepreneurship in the hospitality sector : exploring meanings, implications and contexts
Author: Haghighi, Azin Mostajer
ISNI:       0000 0004 2740 3846
Awarding Body: University of Strathclyde
Current Institution: University of Strathclyde
Date of Award: 2012
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ABSTRACT This research is a phenomenological study of ethnic entrepreneurship in the hospitality catering sector based on self-definition of ethnic entrepreneurs. Most research in both the fields of EE and hospitality entrepreneurship is formed on a foundation of taken-for-granted, unquestioned assumptions; with a positivist stance towards entrepreneurship and small business; and often utilising functionalist research philosophies and methodologies based on positivist, quantitative approaches, with little reflection by researchers (Blackburn and Kovalainen, 2009). This study has questioned these dominant approaches by aiming to develop a phenomenological understanding of ethnic entrepreneurship in the hospitality catering sector as a socially constructed phenomenon. This is done through an in- depth investigation of ethnic entrepreneurs' lived experiences and their' self- definitions of their business and its meanings, implications, and role in shapingtheir personai and social worlds. Within a phenomenologicalperspective, thisresearchhas used a 'qualitative methodology to gain in-depth data' on the phenomenon.Ttgives voice 'to' a maiginalized population, namely Iranian owner-managers of" micro catering businesses. It aims to emancipate the worldviews of the respondents towards EE to explore some of the hidden dimensions of the EE phenomenon. This approach results in findings that critically challenge the dominant EE research, which has mostly examined the phenomenon from a positive ideological perspective and has been mainly concerned with economic and management concepts such as the causal relationships that lead to formation of entrepreneurship for ethnic minorities: Through unraveling of the meanings and values of ethnic entrepreneurs associated with EE, it is found that EE in hospitality could have a destructive effect on the social, familial, and personal lives of ethnic entrepreneurs in addition to the well- known constructive economic roles that are widely acknowledged in previous research. The study shows that in order to gain a more exhaustive and holistic knowledge of the phenomenon, its roles, and its implications, it is vital to examine it within its lV contexts and from the perspectives of the people who have living experience of the phenomenon. The findings show that EE should be considered as a heterogeneous social phenomenon that is context specific and sector specific. This research contributes to knowledge by focusing on marginalized themes, subjects, and methodologies. The focus on the self-definitions of the entrepreneurs studied and giving them a voice leads to a more in-depth and emancipatory understanding of the phenomenon. The specific epistemological and methodological perspectives employed help to uncover some of the ignored, concealed, and silenced aspects of the EE phenomenon and its different social implications. Consequently, the research opens potential avenues for more informed policy making and a more harmonic and just society.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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