Adversity, Resilience and Refugees' Venturing

Kurian George, David Lucas, Maria Minniti

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Adversity is a multifaceted problem. Yet, extant studies view adversity unidimensionally. We explore how complementary dimensions of adversity faced by refugee entrepreneurs affect their resilience. Refugees face adversity due to both the forced nature of their migration and their foreignness in the host country. Because of the value of venturing as an expression of resilience, we focus specifically on the refugees' venture performance. We argue that the inability to return to their homelands incentivizes refugees to integrate in the host community. Our results suggest that, while forced migration contributes to refugees' initial underperformance relative to other immigrants, this additional dimension of adversity also helps them overcome it through deeper integration.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrontiers of Entrepreneurship Research
PublisherArthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)0-910897-46-8
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020
Externally publishedYes


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