An International Review
JOBNAME: Wood et al. PAGE: 1 SESS: 4 OUTPUT: Thu Jan 19 14:49:56 2012 9. Indigenous entrepreneurs Well it’s the fact that we – my Aboriginal people – we’re so smart. For thousands of years we found ways to live richly in deserts and hard places where other people might have just shrivelled and died. And despite all the mistreatment of the last two hundred years, we’re still here; we’re still trying. We’re resilient you know. (Leonore Dembski, cited in Hindle and Lansdowne, 2007, p. 15) INTRODUCTION There has been an upsurge in research focused on entrepreneurial behaviour, mainly in Western countries, but also in industrialized emerging economies over the past 25 years (Peredo et al., 2004; Peredo and Anderson, 2006). This has added greatly to our collective knowledge, particularly in relation to motivations, strategies and contributions to the economic development in each country; however, little is known about the applicability of these generalizations to Indigenous populations (Peredo et al., 2004). It may be that findings related to mainstream entrepreneurship are not applicable to Indigenous entrepreneurs (Hindle and Moroz, 2009). Research into Indigenous entrepreneurship is expanding. One of the key reasons for this is that many Indigenous peoples have a high dependency on welfare, hence governments worldwide see benefits in policies and practices that effectively reduce the ongoing welfare systems required to sustain a population where unemployment is endemic. In addition, many authors consider that successful entrepreneurial business ventures are central to the economic development of Indigenous people (e.g., Peredo...
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