Ella Henry and Léo-Paul Dana
This chapter draws together the social entrepreneurship, social capital and cultural capital literature to inform the analysis of a research project in New Zealand, that has incorporated Māori Indigenous researchers, a Māori social enterprise, and its local community facing extreme challenges. The authors argue that social enterprise delivers more than business activity, whether they are for-profit or non-profit. Indigenous social enterprise and social entrepreneurs also bring together Indigenous communities, to work collaboratively for cultural revitalisation and social change. Further, the chapter explores the role of Māori/Indigenous researchers, and Indigenous research methodologies, in contributing to that cultural revitalisation and social change. This case illustrates how social entrepreneurs and researchers, who share cultural capital (in this case, the shared values and world view of an Indigenous people), might work collaboratively to enhance the social capital of the enterprise, and the community.
Ella Henry and Dennis Foley
This chapter examines two similar yet culturally differing Indigenous views. It discusses Indigenous research from a New Zealand M_ori and an Australian Aboriginal standpoint. We explore our personal and professional views on Indigenous ontology, axiology, epistemology and methodology, and the methods that inform and are shaped by these worldviews and philosophies. In doing so, we critically reflect on the application and significance of Indigenous research, particularly within the fields of business studies, to share Indigenous knowledge and thinking, and allow an Indigenous perspective on diversity, equality and inclusion. Our views offer a conceptual and reflective insight into our personal experiences and concerns as members of the small but growing group of Indigenous scholars in business.