Can Social Exclusion Against “Older Entrepreneurs” Be Managed?

Kibler, Ewald and Wainwright, Thomas and Kautonen, Teemu and Blackburn, Robert (2015) Can Social Exclusion Against “Older Entrepreneurs” Be Managed? Journal of Small Business Management. ISSN 0047-2778

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This paper investigates how sources of social exclusion and support emerge within an “older” entrepreneur's immediate environment, and how this affects the development of their small business. Based on 22 in-depth interviews in London, United Kingdom, we suggest how older entrepreneurs with different backgrounds are able to manage social exclusion, and identify four coping strategies—passive negotiation, active negotiation, modification, and avoidance. We argue that, if “older entrepreneurship” (people starting a business aged 50 or older) is to flourish, both entrepreneurs and support initiatives need to become sensitive to the diversity of sources of discrimination and strategies to manage them.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Citation: Kibler, E., Wainwright, T., Kautonen, T. and Blackburn, R., 2015. Can Social Exclusion Against “Older Entrepreneurs” Be Managed?, Journal of Small Business Management, 53(S1), pp.193–208..
Faculty: Lord Ashcroft International Business School
Depositing User: Repository Admin
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2016 08:42
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2017 01:02

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