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International Handbook of Research on Indigenous Entrepreneurship

International Handbook of Research on Indigenous Entrepreneurship

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Edited by Léo-Paul Dana and Robert B. Anderson

The comprehensive and thoroughly accessible International Handbook of Research on Indigenous Entrepreneurship aims to develop a multidisciplinary theory explaining entrepreneurship as a function of cultural perceptions of opportunity. The Handbook presents a multitude of fascinating, superbly illustrated studies on the facets of entrepreneurship amongst indigenous peoples.

Chapter 38: The Renaissance of Indigenous Entrepreneurship in Australia

Kevin Hindle

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, development studies, development economics, economics and finance, development economics


Kevin Hindle Introduction The chapter argues that Indigenous entrepreneurship in Australia is not something that can or should be instilled by a patronising mainstream culture. Indigenous entrepreneurship existed before the twin attacks of a brutal, dispossessing invasion and the infliction of an initiative-destroying passive welfare system. Compared with America and Canada, Indigenous entrepreneurship in Australia is in decline but, through the development of culturally sensitive, community-supported education programmes, the renaissance of Indigenous entrepreneurship in Australia is a realistic possibility. The growing policy importance of Indigenous entrepreneurship Hindle and Lansdowne (2005) provide a definition of Indigenous entrepreneurship: Indigenous entrepreneurship is the creation, management and development of new ventures by Indigenous people for the benefit of Indigenous people. The organizations thus created can pertain to either the private, public or non-profit sectors. The desired and achieved benefits of venturing can range from the narrow view of economic profit for a single individual to the broad view of multiple, social and economic advantages for entire communities. Outcomes and entitlements derived from Indigenous entrepreneurship may extend to enterprise partners and stakeholders who may be non-Indigenous. In all nations with significant Indigenous minorities, the economic and social deprivation of Indigenous peoples has long been of deep policy concern, but both debate and administration of the issues – particularly the welfare issue – have not been in Indigenous control. Whether the intentions of non-Indigenous governance and aid agencies have been malicious or benign, the result of taking responsibility out of Indigenous...

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