The Limits and Possibilities of Ethnic Entrepreneurship: The Case of ICT Firms in Sweden

Jonathan Michael Feldman

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Abstract:

This study explores the limits and possibilities of ethnic entrepreneurship by looking at ethnic entrepreneurs in the Swedish ICT sector. The focus is on why and how people with immigrant backgrounds enter the high-technology workforce. I discuss how ethnicity, discrimination or “outsider” status shape business development and whether ethnicity influences the hiring of coworkers. “Ethnic resources” sometimes provide transnational corporate links among co-ethnics, but “class resources” are often decoupled from systems to extend ethnic employment. Ethnic and class resources, together with outsider status, can promote entrepreneurial options. Yet not all firms value ethnic resources as opposed to class resources when recruiting employees. Consequently, it is often difficult to find ethnic entrepreneurship generating many qualified jobs for workers of immigrant background.

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Feldman, Jonathan M. The Limits and Possibilities of Ethnic Entrepreneurship: The Case of ICT Firms in Sweden. IJMS: International Journal on Multicultural Societies. 2006, vol.8, no.1, pp. 84-101. UNESCO. ISSN 1817-4574. www.unesco.org/shs/ijms/vol8/issue1/art5

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