Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurs in the International Carpet Trade: An Empirical Study

Shahamak Rezaei, Leo-Paul Dana, Ivan Light

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The paper discusses the pre-modern bazaar and the authors (Shahamak Rezaei Roskilde University, Ivan Light UCLA, Léo-Paul Dana Groupe Sup de Co Montpellier Business School - Montpellier Research in Management) observe changes in the sector as Persian carpets can now be sourced from new entrants competing with traditional manufacturers. We identify two important issues:
1) the existence of a time-lag from the date of arrival of new migrant groups
before the group is able to establish some weak business ties and transform
those to strong ones; 2) the key to the success of new immigrant groups in
business can be found in their multicultural and multi-linguistic competencies
that lead to a higher level of mutual understanding and mutual trust relations
which in turn lead to a strengthening of what were initially weak ties.
TidsskriftInternational Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)125-153
Antal sider29
StatusUdgivet - 22 jan. 2013


  • Trust
  • weak ties and strong ties
  • ethnic solidarity
  • bazaar economy

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