Composing a database of minority enterprises in Scotland: a discussion based on the concept of mixed embeddedness.

Dassler, T, Seaman, C, Bent, R, Lamb, L and Mateer, N 2007, 'Composing a database of minority enterprises in Scotland: a discussion based on the concept of mixed embeddedness.' , International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, 13 (2) , pp. 107-123.

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Purpose – To address the issue of the low take-up of available ethnic business support the article proposes the composition of a database for Scotland, thereby providing baseline data on minority businesses and hence providing a sampling frame for future research. The database will hold the following information: name and gender of the business owner, sector, location, number of employees as an indicator of company size, generation, the year in which the business was established, as well as the legal form of ownership of businesses. Design/methodology/approach – The database draws from the concept of mixed embeddedness as well as the political agenda of the Scottish Executive for the sector. Data sources used are commercial databases, the Yellow Pages of Scotland, local business registers across Scotland, a telephone survey and personal contact/networking with businesses. Findings – In order to facilitate the composition of a Scottish database of minority businesses, this article has looked at existing theories of minority business support and issues currently considered in the literature. Based on the literature underpinning research on ethnic minority firms, a justification for the proposed database has been developed, which provides a sampling frame in the Scottish context and allows for new approaches to research. Research limitations/implications – Though 100 per cent coverage of minority businesses in Scotland is a desired target, complete coverage may not be achievable. Some business might simply not be interested in participating in the research and cannot, therefore, be included in the database despite the multi-facet methodology applied. Originality/value – By proposing a methodology for composing the database, the article tackles a long-standing issue in the area of ethnic business research. It is hoped that the database will improve understanding among policy makers and support organisations, in terms of the particular needs of individual businesses. Consequently, the better understanding should account for a more tailored and more attractive support, which, in turn, improves the take-up of existing mechanisms.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory > HB0522 Income. Factor shares > HB0615 Entrepreneurship. Risk and uncertainty.
Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA075 Electronic computers. Computer science > QA076 Computer software
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research
Publisher: Emerald
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1355-2554
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2007 14:32
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 22:03

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