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Kamara, S., Arslan, A. and Dikova, D. (2022), "Disadvantaged Entrepreneurship Development: The Role of Civil Society Organisations in the Sierra Leone Petty Trading Entrepreneurial Ecosystem", Pickernell, D.G., Battisti, M., Dann, Z. and Ekinsmyth, C. (Ed.) Disadvantaged Entrepreneurship and the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem (Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research, Vol. 14), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 171-192.

Disadvantaged entrepreneurship development : the role of civil society organisations in the Sierra Leone petty trading entrepreneurial ecosystem

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Author: Kamara, Samppa1; Arslan, Ahmad1; Dikova, Desislava2
Organizations: 1Department of Marketing, Management & IB, Oulu Business School, University of Oulu, Finland
2Institute for International Business, Vienna University of Economics & Business, Austria
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Version: accepted version
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Language: English
Published: Emerald, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-04-14


The current chapter is one of the first studies to specifically address the role of civil society organisations (CSOs) for entrepreneurship development in the disadvantaged context of Sierra Leone. It highlights the important role of CSOs in the petty trading (disadvantaged) entrepreneurial ecosystem. Based on qualitative analysis of interviewers undertaken with two CSOs and three entrepreneurial firms from disadvantaged backgrounds, our findings offer interesting insights into this phenomenon. The authors find that in the context of disadvantaged entrepreneurship development, CSOs are seen as more trustworthy by the general population than the government (public bodies). The government, through the national youth commission, also tried to collaborate with CSOs regarding entrepreneurial skills development in disadvantaged entrepreneurs. The findings further reveal that despite the appreciation of the role of CSOs for disadvantaged entrepreneurship development by public authorities in recent years, they still face many bureaucratic hurdles and delays in operations. Finally, our chapter reveals several dynamics associated with skills and competencies development in disadvantaged entrepreneurship in the Sierra Leone-specific context, where skills such as basic business planning, livestock handling, and financial management emerge as being highly useful.

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Series: Contemporary issues in entrepreneurship research
ISSN: 2040-7246
ISSN-E: 2040-7254
ISSN-L: 2040-7246
ISBN: 978-1-80071-450-2
ISBN Print: 978-1-80071-451-9
Issue: 14
Pages: 171 - 192
DOI: 10.1108/S2040-724620220000014008
Host publication: Disadvantaged entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial ecosystem
Host publication editor: D.G., Pickernell
Battisti, M.
Dann, Z.
Ekinsmyth, C.
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
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