Dynamic Entrepreneurship
Dynamic Entrepreneurship
First and Second-Generation Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Dutch Cities
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Table of Contents - 8 Acknowledgements - 10 Ch.1: Immigrants & self-employment - 12 Ch.2: Methodology & research description - 38 Ch.3:Beyond the ethnic and middleman market? - 62 Ch.4: Informal versus formal social networks? - 82 Ch.5: The continuing importance of transnational activities and networks? - 110 Ch.6: Embeddedness & business success - 138 Notes - 168 Appendices - 174 References - 184 Dutch Summary - 194

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“Scholars of immigrant entrepreneurship have conspicuously ignored the issue of the generational breakdown. It is to the credit of Katja Ru¿inovic to put this on the research agenda. Dynamic Entrepreneurship is an examination of first and second-generation immigrant entrepreneurs and their embeddedness in wider social, economic and political environments. As such, the volume is a valuable contribution to the study of immigrant entrepreneurship.” Jan Rath, Professor of Sociology, University of Amsterdam|“In this marvelously researched volume, Katja Ru¿inovic shows how young adults with immigrant parents are using openings within Dutch society as well as ties to their parents worlds to become entrepreneurs. Dynamic Entrepreneurship convincingly demonstrates that the Dutch second generation is creating economic innovation as it assimilates.” John Mollenkopf, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York

Katja Rusinovic

Dynamic Entrepreneurship

First and Second-Generation Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Dutch Cities

The nature of immigrant entrepreneurship is changing in Dutch society. Nowadays, many immigrant entrepreneurs start businesses in producer and personal services instead of more traditional sectors such as retail or hotel and catering. At the same time, a growing number of second-generation immigrants are setting up their own firms in the Netherlands. These second-generation immigrants—born and/or raised in the receiving country—are following different trajectories in comparison with first-generation immigrant entrepreneurs, indeed displaying a move away from traditional immigrant niches. Yet studies on second-generation immigrant entrepreneurs remain limited in both the Dutch and international literature on this subject. This study presents one of the first explicit comparisons between first and second-generation self-employed immigrants. The embeddedness of immigrants in local and transnational networks and the dynamics of the markets in which these entrepreneurs are active are examined based on in-depth interviews with immigrant entrepreneurs in Dutch cities. In doing so, this study provides a vivid, longitudinal view of first and second-generation immigrant entrepreneurs, their incorporation into Dutch society, their businesses and business development(s).

Katja Rusinovic

Katja Rusinovic is employed as a postdoctoral researcher at the Erasmus University Rotterdam since 2006.