Transnational Family Networks and Ethnic Minority Business Development: The Case of Vietnamese Nail-shops in the UK

Bagwell, Sue Transnational Family Networks and Ethnic Minority Business Development: The Case of Vietnamese Nail-shops in the UK. Unknown. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Purpose
To understand the role played by transnational family networks in ethnic minority business development.

Methodology/Approach
The Vietnamese nail care sector is taken as a case study. The research involved interviews with 10 owner-managers and 4 key informants involved in this industry in London. The analysis draws on concepts of ‘strong’ and ‘weak’ network ties (Granovetter, 1973) and ‘mixed embeddedness’ (Kloosterman et al, 1999) to explain why the Vietnamese continue to enter such a competitive sector.

Findings
The results highlight the importance of transnational family networks within all aspects of the business and suggest that these links can sometimes provide a fertile source of new business ideas, but can equally limit innovation. The presence of innovative and well-educated members within the entrepreneurs’ ‘strong-tie’ network appeared to encourage more successful business development and diversification.

Research limitations/implications
The research challenges the traditional ‘strong/weak’ ties thesis and suggests that while it has some general value, in the context of groups from more collectivist societies and with family links overseas, it is necessary to take account of the human and social capital resources of the extended family rather than just those of the individual entrepreneur.

Practical implications
To maximize the potential of these links it suggests that business advisors need to undertake a comprehensive audit of entrepreneur’s networks and assist them in assessing how their family ties can best contribute to the development of the business.

Originality/value
This paper focuses on a new community (the Vietnamese), and sector of study (transnational family networks) both of which have received little attention in the entrepreneurship literature.

Item Type: Other
Uncontrolled Keywords: entrepreneurship, Vietnamese, networks, break-out
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Department: School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: David Pester
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2016 19:24
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2016 19:24
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/881

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