Understanding indigenous entrepreneurship: a Maori perspective


Speaker:Associate Professor Christine Woods, Department of Management and International Business, University of Auckland Business School
Date: Wednesday 26 March 2014
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Location: Constantine Leventis, Teaching Room 3

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Indigenous entrepreneurship, broadly defined as creating, managing, and developing new ventures by indigenous people for the benefit of indigenous people (Lindsay 2005), is a critical issue confronting tribal groups (Anderson 2002, Tapsell & Woods 2008a, 2008b, 2010, Kawharu, Tapsell & Woods, 2012). Many are facing the greatest period of economic development: for example, Treaty settlements are putting Maori, the indigenous peoples of Aotearoa/New Zealand, in control of financial and land-based assets on a scale they have never known. Balancing ‘the cultural’ with commerce ranks among the greatest challenges. A theoretical gap remains in understanding the role of culture in indigenous entrepreneurship (Lindsay, 2005). To address this gap, we have drawn on Schumpeter and complexity theory to explore indigenous entrepreneurship and social innovation. We suggest change can usefully be thought of as a double spiral of innovation, Takarangi, where new combinations arise through the interaction of opportunity and heritage. In this seminar I discuss our understanding of Maori entrepreneurship and the potential contribution this understanding makes to the broader field of entrepreneurship.