Indigenous entrepreneurship in Northern NSW, Australia

Shoebridge, Amanda and Buultjens, Jeremy and Singh-Peterson, Lila ORCID: (2012) Indigenous entrepreneurship in Northern NSW, Australia. Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, 17 (3):1250017. pp. 1-31. ISSN 1084-9467


A number of solutions have been suggested for overcoming the considerable and entrenched economic and social disadvantage indigenous Australians face, including the encouragement to gain employment in the mainstream economy and to become entrepreneurs. Governments of all persuasions have implemented policies to encourage indigenous entrepreneurship; however, most appear to have had little success. To support and promote indigenous entrepreneurship effectively, it is important to identify the factors that either promote or hinder entrepreneurial endeavors. This paper reports on a study that used a qualitative research approach guided by a social constructivist paradigm to examine the experiences of Indigenous entrepreneurs in Northern New South Wales, Australia. The study results indicated that participants were found to possess characteristics of confidence, strong self-determination and ambition, and a desire to achieve. The role and influence of spouses, extended family and other role models were important determinants of entrepreneurial success, as were access to financial capital and established business networks. Above average education levels, prior industry experience and the assistance of mentors were also found to positively influence success. Lacking access to financial capital was a major hindrance. Participants also found government assistance programs confusing, unwieldy and difficult to access. Other hindrances included the presence of racism and discrimination; and difficulties reconciling business needs with the requests and needs of family, culture and community.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2022 04:44
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Strategy and Management; Economics and Econometrics; Business and International Management
Fields of Research (2008): 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140202 Economic Development and Growth
16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160403 Social and Cultural Geography
Fields of Research (2020): 45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4505 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, society and community > 450505 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and regional development
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4404 Development studies > 440407 Socio-economic development
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919999 Economic Framework not elsewhere classified
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 21 INDIGENOUS > 2199 Other Indigenous > 219999 Other Indigenous not elsewhere classified
21 INDIGENOUS > 2101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community services > 210102 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander development and wellbeing
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