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Glinka Beata (University of Warsaw, Poland), Brzozowska Agnieszka (University of Warsaw, Poland)
Immigrant Entrepreneurs: in Search of Identity
Entrepreneurial Business and Economics Review, 2015, vol. 3, nr 3, s. 51-76, bibliogr. 62 poz.
Tytuł własny numeru
Immigrant and Ethnic Entrepreneurship
Słowa kluczowe
Przedsiębiorczość imigrantów, Przedsiębiorczość, Imigracja, Cudzoziemcy, Tożsamość
Immigrant entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship, Immigration, Foreigners, Identity
summ., One of the research projects this article is based on came into being within the Fulbright Foundation research grant of 2011/2012.
Objective: The purpose of this study is to show identity construction processes of immigrant entrepreneurs and the way these identities are constructed and reconstructed in business and migration experiences.

Research Design & Methods: The findings are based on two qualitative research projects on immigrant entrepreneurs: Vietnamese entrepreneurs in Poland and Polish entrepreneurs in the USA. Both studies were based on ethnographic inspiration. Open interviews and observations were used to collect primary data.

Findings: The study indicates that identity construction is a process of an interplay of three main elements: being an immigrant, being an entrepreneur, and sense of nationality. This interplay takes place in different, overlapping dimensions: private, social, national and professional, and it takes place in a certain cultural context. Identities of immigrants are constantly constructed and reconstructed in their search for belonging and freedom at the same time.

Implications & Recommendations: The results imply that the issue of immigrant entrepreneurship requires open, culturally-oriented and comparative studies. Recommendations for further studies are formulated in the last section of the paper.

Contribution & Value Added: The paper provides insight into the processes of migration between different cultural and institutional contexts and their impact on entrepreneurs' identities. (original abstract)
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