Varieties of Necessity Entrepreneurship – New Insights From Sub Saharan Africa

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Weber, C.; Fasse, A.; Haugh, H.M.; Grote, U.: Varieties of Necessity Entrepreneurship – New Insights From Sub Saharan Africa. In: Entrepreneurship theory and practice : ET&P 47 (2023), Nr. 5, S. 1843–1876. DOI:

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Necessity entrepreneurship (NE) describes the process of venturing a business out of need when alternative options are seemingly absent. Whereas prior research typically understands NE to be a homogenous construct, recent theorizing suggests the possibility of NE heterogeneity. In this paper we employ Sen’s capability approach to elicit NE variety. Using data gathered from 820 households in rural Tanzania, our cluster analysis generates four distinct types of NE that vary significantly regarding their entrepreneurial activities, determinants and outcomes. Our findings demonstrate the relevance of life satisfaction and reveal the role of choice in NE. Our study thereby advances a nuanced perspective of NE. © The Author(s) 2022.
License of this version: CC BY 4.0 Unported
Document Type: Article
Publishing status: publishedVersion
Issue Date: 2022
Appears in Collections:Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät

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3 image of flag of China China 6 8.33%
4 image of flag of Morocco Morocco 4 5.56%
5 image of flag of India India 4 5.56%
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    other countries 10 13.89%

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