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Sustainability 2017, 9(9), 1584; doi:10.3390/su9091584

Exclude Me Not: The Untold Story of Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Sweden

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School of Business and Economics, Linnæus University, Växjö 351 95, Sweden
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School of Social Sciences, Sodertorn University, Huddinge 141 89, Sweden
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Received: 24 July 2017 / Revised: 23 August 2017 / Accepted: 29 August 2017 / Published: 6 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Entrepreneurial Sustainability: New Innovative Knowledge)
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: entrepreneurship; barrier; supplier diversity; public procurement; corporate social responsibility; sustainability entrepreneurship; barrier; supplier diversity; public procurement; corporate social responsibility; sustainability
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Kordestani, A.; Sattari, S.; Peighambari, K.; Oghazi, P. Exclude Me Not: The Untold Story of Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Sweden. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1584.

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