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New Urban Economic Agents: A Comparative Analysis of High-Performance New Entrepreneurs
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies. Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland.
2016 (English)In: Quaestiones Geographicae, ISSN 0137-477X, Vol. 35, no 4, p. 5-22Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Migrants are often the carriers of new skills and original abilities. This study focuses on the importance of 'new urban entrepreneurship' - in particular, ethnic or migrant business firms - as a major driver of creative and urban dynamics and economic vitality in urban agglomerations. The paper offers a general account of both backgrounds and socio-economic implications of migrant entrepreneurship in large agglomerations and highlights the socio-economic heterogeneity in motivation and performance among different groups of migrant entrepreneurs. This demographic- cultural diversity prompts intriguing questions about differences in business performance among distinct groups of migrant entrepreneurs, even in the same ethnic group. In the paper, a recently developed and amended version of data envelopment analysis (DEA), viz. super-efficiency, is presented and applied to a group of Moroccan entrepreneurs in four large cities in the Netherlands. The main research aim is (i) to identify the best-performing firms (so-called 'entrepreneurial heroes') from a broad management and business perspective, while (ii) the background of our findings are more thoroughly analysed. The paper ends with some general concluding remarks on urban business strategies.

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Adam Mickiewicz University Press , 2016. Vol. 35, no 4, p. 5-22
Keywords [en]
diversity, economic spillovers, economic vitality, entrepreneurship, global diaspora economy, migrant entrepreneurs, urban development
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-201177DOI: 10.1515/quageo-2016-0031ISI: 000398432300001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85008474097OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-201177DiVA, id: diva2:1073046
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Available from: 2017-02-09 Created: 2017-02-09 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved

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