Showingcasing entrepreneurs' responses to severe drought: qualitative findings from Cape Town, South Africa

Kuijpers, Florine M., and Eijdenberg, Emiel L. (2020) Showingcasing entrepreneurs' responses to severe drought: qualitative findings from Cape Town, South Africa. In: Chaiechi, Taha, (ed.) Economic Effects of Natural Disasters: theoretical foundations, methods, and tools. Elsevier, London, UK, pp. 131-146.

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Abstract

Approaching ecological challenges from an institutional theory and entrepreneurship perspective is in its infant stages. Previous research has largely relied on macro-level approaches to examining responses of entrepreneurs during and after times of ecological challenges. In contrast, this study adopts a micro-level approach by showcasing the personal stories of 12 entrepreneurs in Cape Town, South Africa. Following the “Gioia-methodology” of analyzing qualitative interviews, the findings show the ecological challenges due to recent drought play a key role in everyday entrepreneurial life: entrepreneurs experience the natural effects of drought and the regulations to manage drought imposed on them. Entrepreneurs respond to the challenges in three ways: (1) personal solutions; (2) improvised solutions of water management; and (3) professional solutions of water management. These responses bring forth different detailed tactics (e.g., installing rain-harvesting systems, recycling water), highlighting the mundane activities of entrepreneurs. Based on the findings, practical implications are discussed.

Item ID: 64861
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-12-817465-4
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Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2020 01:45
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1503 Business and Management > 150304 Entrepreneurship @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050204 Environmental Impact Assessment @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9610 Natural Hazards > 961002 Natural Hazards in Coastal and Estuarine Environments @ 100%
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