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The Linkages Between Cognition, Behavior, Culture, and Opportunity Among High-Growth Asian American Immigrant Entrepreneurs
by Kumar, Suresh U., D.M., University of Phoenix, 2011, 264; 3463510
Abstract (Summary)

Several recent studies have evidenced that Asian American immigrant entrepreneurs of Indian origin have been playing an increasingly important role in the economic growth in the United States. Despite their success, there are few holistic studies on this population. The current study involved an in-depth qualitative exploration of important entrepreneurial cognitions, behaviors, and cultural factors involved with the seeing of and acting upon opportunities for this population. With the use of a multiple-case study research design that is holistic, the current research study takes into account the call by experts that the domain of entrepreneurship must focus on high-growth entrepreneurs by the use of in-depth, descriptive, and theory-building approaches. Data were collected from multiple sources using a triangulation strategy, including in-depth interviews with the entrepreneurs and key informants. Data analysis involved identifying common themes of thinking and acting as well as repeated iterations between the data and existing literature. The findings provided rich insights into the patterns of cognitions and behaviors among successful Indian American immigrant entrepreneurs. Many of the findings supported existing theories on entrepreneurship. Some findings diverged from existing literature and pointed to new and exciting directions in entrepreneurial research. The results of the study could help guide policy makers, researchers, and prospective entrepreneurs who seek to understand and benefit from the phenomenon of successful immigrant entrepreneurship. The study of successful immigrant entrepreneurs immediately following the recession of 2007-2009 which was marked by high rates of unemployment and economic uncertainty is significant from a policy perspective.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hutkin, Ron
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 72/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Asian American Studies, Behavioral psychology, Entrepreneurship, Cognitive psychology
Keywords: Asian American entrepreneurs, Cognition, Entrepreneurship, High growth, High-growth entrepreneurs, Immigrant entrepreneurs, Immigrants, Indian American entrepreneurs, Indian-American
Publication Number: 3463510
ISBN: 978-1-124-76156-5
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