Migrant returnee entrepreneurs in restaurant/cafe industry of Nepal: A qualitative study

Bijay Beijing Neupane & Rajib Jonchhen

Studenteropgave: Masterafhandling


This thesis aims to explore and answer the question how migrant returnee are able to create
businesses in Nepalese restaurant sector given the contextual complexities posed by largely
Hindu but ethnically diverse society where peoples’ eating/drinking, food transaction and
business transactions are highly guided by their respective caste and ethnic belongings. The
quest of this thesis led us to delve into the long established norms, morals and rules based on
the demarcation and discriminative social and cultural behaviour related to commensality and
business. So, taking a constructivist ontology and interpretive epistemology, attempt has been
made to access returnee entrepreneurs’ understandings and interpretations of society, culture
and market surrounding them through qualitative interviews and observations. Further, in depth
case studies of three entrepreneurs and their businesses allowed to explore how entrepreneurs’
interpretations facilitated them to tackle challenges posed by the local institutional complexities
to create their desired businesses. In this regard, scholars in the sub-field of returnee
entrepreneurship believed migrants’ social capital in home country is lost because of their long
stay in host countries. On the other hand, scholars in entrepreneurship literature generally put
more emphasis on social networks in the discovery of opportunities. While synthesizing the
two fields to address the research question formulated, this thesis raises and aims to address the
questions related to the composition of ‘entrepreneurial alertness’ in cases of migrant returnee.
Finally, this thesis will proposes the new compositions and thus discusses the components while
answering the initial research question.

UddannelserVirksomhedsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato26 feb. 2019
Antal sider96
VejledereSameer Ahmad Azizi