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Business, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Toward Poverty Reduction

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ISBN 9781032008516
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Book Description

Ways in which poverty can be reduced in both countries and regions through business, entrepreneurship, and government has been a hot issue for researchers and policymakers in recent years. Governments can play an important role in helping the poor people by non-profit organizations and others that help to seed business among the poor. Businesses increasingly also see the large number of people in severe poverty not only an issue for social concern, but also as a potentially large untapped market of consumers for goods and services. Some scholars have called on the poverty reduction through entrepreneurship owing to that it can be an efficient path to also change the poor's attitudes and behaviours from a passive mode, to a more active mode towards poverty reduction economically and socially. In addition, the sharing economy brings opportunities where everyone is a micro-entrepreneur. There is a recognition that these types of entrepreneurship above could offer the greatest single potential means to move individuals out of poverty in the nations and regions, in the next 5-10 years.

This book provides new and valuable analyses of poverty and business, entrepreneurship, and innovation in the current nations and regions including developing and developed countries. As business, entrepreneurship, and innovation can help to generate greater business activity in settings of severe poverty, they will help to solve poverty as individuals in severe poverty are able to both generate greater incomes and accumulate greater assets as they participate with those large firms in those activities.

The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the Entrepreneurship & Regional Development.

Table of Contents


Alistair R Anderson

Introduction: Business, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Toward Poverty Reduction

Steven Si, David Ahlstrom, Jiang Wei and John Cullen

1. An anatomy of entrepreneurial pursuits in relation to poverty

Douglas Cumming, Sofia Johan and Ikenna Uzuegbunam

2. Regional determinants of poverty alleviation through entrepreneurship in China

Song Lin, Christoph Winkler, Shanshan Wang and Hui Chen

3. Uncovering the scaling of innovations developed by grassroots entrepreneurs in low-income settings

Marleen Wierenga

4. Entrepreneurial aspirations and poverty reduction: the role of institutional context

Sanjay Goel and Ranjan Karri

5. Untangling the effects of entrepreneurial opportunity on the performance of peasant entrepreneurship: the moderating roles of entrepreneurial effort and regional poverty level

Aiqi Wu, Di Song and Yang Yang

6. An exploratory study of entrepreneurs in impoverished communities: when institutional factors and individual characteristics result in non-productive entrepreneurship

Stelvia Matos and Jeremy Hall

7. Call the midwife! Business incubators as entrepreneurial enablers in developing economies

Helen Haugh

8. Crafting markets and fostering entrepreneurship within underserved communities: social ventures and clean energy provision in Asia

Sanjay Jain and James Koch

9. Climbing the poverty ladder: the role of entrepreneurship and gender in alleviating poverty in transition economies

Julia Korosteleva and Paulina Stępień-Baig

10. Trust, poverty, and subjective wellbeing among Chinese entrepreneurs

Yiyi Su, Shaker A. Zahra, Rui Li and Di Fan

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Steven Si is distinguished professor (entrepreneurship/innovation) at Zhejiang University and research professor at Bloomsburg U. of Pennsylvania. Professor Si has published about 100 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as JBV, SEJ, JAP, AMP and others. He serves/served as guest editor for seven Special Issues for the prestigious journals such as Technovation, JETM, ERD, SEJ, JBV, IJCM, APJM. Professor Si currently serves as an associate editor for the journal Technovation.

David Ahlstrom is professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Professor Ahlstrom has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Science, Journal of Business Venturing, and The Academy of Management Perspectives. He was recognized as a ‘Highly Cited Researcher’ 2017-2019.

Jiang Wei (PhD) is Chang Jiang Chair professor in China and professor of innovation and strategy at Zhejiang University. He is now serving as the Dean of School of Management at Zhejiang University. Professor Wei has published seventeen academic monographs and over four hundred papers in Chinese and/or international academic journals such as JIBS, MOR, Technovation, R&D Management, APJM and others.

John Cullen (PhD, Columbia University) is chair professor of entrepreneurship, organization theory and international business/management at Washington State University. Professor Cullen has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Administration Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Journal of International Business Studies and many other prestigious management/business journals.