ePrints@IIScePrints@IISc Home | About | Browse | Latest Additions | Advanced Search | Contact | Help

Evaluating competing theories of street entrepreneurship

Williams, CC and Gurtoo, A (2012) Evaluating competing theories of street entrepreneurship. In: Springer, 8 (4).

int_ent_man_jou_8-4_391_2012.pdf - Published Version

Download (286kB) | Preview
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11365-012-0227-2


Conventionally, street entrepreneurs were either seen as a residue from a pre-modern era that is gradually disappearing (modernisation theory), or an endeavour into which marginalised populations are driven out of necessity in the absence of alternative ways of securing a livelihood (structuralist theory). In recent years, however, participa-tioninstreetentrepreneurshiphas beenre-read eitherasa rationaleconomicchoice(neo-liberal theory) or as conducted for cultural reasons (post-modern theory). The aim of this paper is to evaluate critically these competing explanations for participation in street entrepreneurship. To do this, face-to-face interviews were conducted with 871 street entrepreneurs in the Indian city of Bangalore during 2010 concerning their reasons for participation in street entrepreneurship. The finding is that no one explanation suffices. Some 12 % explain their participation in street entrepreneurship as necessity-driven, 15 % as traditional ancestral activity, 56 % as a rational economic choice and 17 % as pursued for social or lifestyle reasons. The outcome is a call to combine these previously rival explanations in order to develop a richer and more nuanced theorisation of the multifarious motives for street entrepreneurship in emerging market economies.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Springer
Publisher: Springer
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to the Spinger US.
Department/Centre: Division of Interdisciplinary Sciences > Management Studies
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2014 04:59
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2014 04:59
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/49286

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item