An Investigation into the Entrepreneurial Experiences of Selected Caribbean Entrepreneurs in London

Robinson, Marlon (2022) An Investigation into the Entrepreneurial Experiences of Selected Caribbean Entrepreneurs in London. PhD thesis, University of Gloucestershire. doi:10.46289/FF95Q23F

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This thesis focuses on Caribbean entrepreneurs in London. It looks at how they explain and understand their entrepreneurial experiences and seeks insight into how their businesses are operated and sustained. Generally, the literature has shown entrepreneurship to be a complex concept that defies a strict definition, so the thesis also enquires about what entrepreneurship means to Caribbean entrepreneurs. Additionally, it contrasts their experiences to those of non-migrant Britain entrepreneurs. Supported by expert guidance, a case study frame within the qualitative design was employed to investigate the issues. Convenience and snowballing methods were used for selecting the twenty (20) participants. Semi-structured interviews, observations and selected documents were used as data-collection tools. A data-reduction strategy and chosen themes provided the data for analysis. To present the results of the investigation, the thesis uses suitable graphical representations, which served as a launch pad for the analysis of data. An evaluation of the findings demonstrates that the Caribbean entrepreneurs interpret their experiences considering their Caribbean migrant and cultural orientation; and this is manifested in the way they operate their businesses. The procedures, processes and practices of entrepreneurship are even more complex than the observations made from the literature reviewed, hence the presentation of a model that emerged during the data analysis phase. The major themes that are featured in the representation of findings are: core elements; traits; and other attributes. The representation of findings highlights the interconnectedness among the themes which are pillars of survival and surviving. An analysis of the findings also reveals those Caribbean entrepreneurs experience discrimination, racism and challenges that are not experienced by the non-migrant British entrepreneurs. The fresh insights gained from this study can encourage follow-up research, as well as make a valuable addition to the sparse literature on entrepreneurial processes and practices, as they relate to Caribbean entrepreneurs.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Entrepreneurial experiences; Caribbean entrepreneurs; Caribbean migrant
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Kamila Niekoraniec
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2023 10:31
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2023 09:44

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