Indigenous entrepreneurship as a research field: developing a definitional framework from the emerging canon

  • Kevin Hindle
  • Peter MorozEmail author


This study defines Indigenous entrepreneurship as a distinct disciplinary field of science and charts for it a pre-paradigmatic framework. A strategy of literature search and examination was utilized to argue that Indigenous entrepreneurship is sufficiently distinguished from both mainstream entrepreneurship and other social and management sciences to constitute a legitimate, well-defined sub-field of research in its own right. The study provides both a formal definition of the field and diagrammatic framework to describe it.


Indigenous Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Colonialism Economic development 



We offer special thanks to Dr. Robert Anderson of the Hill/Levene School of Business at the University of Regina for providing critical feedback and suggestions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Community, Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin UniversityBurwoodAustralia

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