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Exclude me not: the untold story of immigrant entrepreneurs in Sweden
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Management Accounting and Logistics.
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Marketing.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8392-5428
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Marketing.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0968-099X
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Management Accounting and Logistics. Södertörn University.
2017 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 9, no 9, p. 1-22, article id 1584Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines the perspectives of immigrant entrepreneurs on the barriers they face regarding their inclusion in public procurement in Sweden through the so-called supplier diversity programs. Drawing upon modern stakeholder theory and transaction cost economics, this study aims to identify potential barriers such entrepreneurs face in succeeding as suppliers to the public sector. Data were collected through interviews with immigrant entrepreneurs who had experience with the public procurement tender process in Sweden. The results reveal that immigrant entrepreneurs doing business with public procurement face several barriers, ranging from economic to social ones such as information, advertising, human resources, and undercapitalization. The interviewees believe that such barriers weaken their performance and hinder their success in public procurement tenders. When it comes to supplier diversity programs, the entrepreneurs under study were either unaware of such programs in public procurement in Sweden or did not believe in their effectiveness.

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Basel: MDPI , 2017. Vol. 9, no 9, p. 1-22, article id 1584
Keywords [en]
Entrepreneurship, Barrier; Supplier diversity, Public procurement, Corporate social responsibility, Sustainability
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Economy, Business administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-67999DOI: 10.3390/su9091584ISI: 000411621200088Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85029081949OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-67999DiVA, id: diva2:1141828
Available from: 2017-09-16 Created: 2017-09-16 Last updated: 2019-08-29Bibliographically approved

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