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Entrepreneurship and Global Cities

Diversity, Opportunity and Cosmopolitanism, 1st Edition

Edited by Nikolai Mouraviev, Nada K. Kakabadse


136 pages

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Global cities with a largely cosmopolitan environment, such as Auckland, Berlin, Dubai, London, New York, Shanghai or Singapore, are successfully developing and attracting entrepreneurs from all over the world. This book elucidates the policy approaches related to the formation of the cosmopolitan environment that supports entrepreneurship in large urban areas. The book’s core theme is the relationship between cosmopolitanism and entrepreneurship whilst the latter is viewed as a key driver of economic growth, sustainability and prosperity. The book argues that successful entrepreneurship rests on the two pillars of the cosmopolitan environment – diversity and the creation of business opportunities. In contrast to globalisation’s standardised solutions in policy, commerce, banking and social issues, cosmopolitanism allows individualised value and solutions, whereby actors – entrepreneurs, businesses, families, interest groups, governments, NGOs and virtual communities – enjoy diversity as a norm.

The book pays special attention to under-researched topics, such as threats to sustainability in cosmopolitan cities; why cosmopolitan cities attract immigrants with a highly independent mindset; the impact of religious norms on female and male entrepreneurs; varying experiences of local and expatriate entrepreneurs; and the differences in doing business by female entrepreneurs, stemming from their nationalities and residence status. The book offers conceptual insights into the enablers of entrepreneurship in cosmopolitan cities and urban governance, complemented by case studies based on the field work in Dubai, Hamburg, Istanbul, Karachi, Kyiv, London, Moscow and Tel Aviv. The book will appeal to those who study or teach cosmopolitanism, globalisation or urban development concepts and those professionals who consider the possibility of doing business or working as an expatriate in a cosmopolitan city.


"The book is truly novel given it offers a new perspective on the topic of cosmopolitan cities as entrepreneurial hubs. It links together entrepreneurship, national culture and gender to critically discuss what represents an interesting mixture of opportunities and challenges for growing cities worldwide. The case studies of specific cosmopolitan cities from around the world offer empirical evidence in support of theoretical discourse held." –Viachaslau Filimonau, Bournemouth University, UK

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Introduction: Toward a Deeper Conceptualisation of Cosmopolitanism in Global Cities

Nikolai Mouraviev and Nada K. Kakabadse

Part I The Cosmopolitan Environment: Traits, Challenges and the Trends

Chapter Two: Sustainable Urban Growth and the Cosmopolitan Environment: The Role of Power in Promoting Diversity, Opportunities and Entrepreneurship

Nikolai Mouraviev and Nada K. Kakabadse

Chapter Three: The Modern Land of Opportunity: Cosmopolitan Cities Attract Independent Immigrants

A. Timur Sevincer, Michael E. W. Varnum and Shinobu Kitayama

Chapter Four: From Sand Dunes Northward of Jaffa to a Cosmopolitan City: Tel Aviv Entrepreneurs’ Experiences

Nada K. Kakabadse and Nikolai Mouraviev

Chapter Five: Cosmopolitanism and Entrepreneurship in Istanbul and London: A Symbiotic Relationship in Context

Berk Kucukaltan and Mustafa F. Ozbilgin

Part II Diversity and Opportunities in Cosmopolitan Cities: Gender and Entrepreneurship

Chapter Six: Female Entrepreneurs in Cosmopolitan Dubai

Nada K. Kakabadse and Nikolai Mouraviev

Chapter Seven: Barriers to Female Entrepreneurship in Karachi

Mustafa Ali

Part III Cosmopolitan Cities in Eastern Europe

Chapter Eight: Moscow: A Global City Under Siege

Ivan Kariakin and Nikolai Mouraviev

Chapter Nine: Kyiv: An Emergent Cosmopolitan City

Yeliena Prokhorova

Part IV Conclusion

Chapter Ten: Entrepreneurship and Governance in Cosmopolitan Cities: Lessons Learned

Nikolai Mouraviev and Nada K. Kakabadse

About the Editors

Dr Nikolai Mouraviev is a Senior Lecturer in Business and Management at Abertay University, Dundee, Scotland, UK. Previously he has held teaching positions at KIMEP University, Kazakhstan, Wayne State University, US, and Viterbo University, US. His research focuses on public-private collaboration and governance in transitional nations.

Dr Nada K. Kakabadse is Professor of Policy, Governance and Ethics, Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK. Prof Kakabadse has extensive experience of researching governance, leadership, top teams, boards and directorship. She has co-authored twenty-two books and has published over 200 scholarly articles.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Entrepreneurship

This series extends the meaning and scope of entrepreneurship by capturing new research and enquiry on economic, social, cultural and personal value creation. Entrepreneurship as value creation represents the endeavours of innovative people and organisations in creative environments that open up opportunities for developing new products, new services, new firms and new forms of policy making in different environments seeking sustainable economic growth and social development. In setting this objective the series includes books which cover a diverse range of conceptual, empirical and scholarly topics that both inform the field and push the boundaries of entrepreneurship.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Entrepreneurship
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies