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Prudence Cruickshank

Doctor of Philosophy, (Sociology)
Study Completed: 2014
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Establishing a business in Aotearoa New Zealand: Cultural, human and social capital resources of intentional immigrant entrepreneurs

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Intentional immigrant entrepreneurs are immigrants who start a business on arrival in their new country using their own resources. Although there has been comparatively little research on these immigrants internationally, intentional entrepreneurs are considered highly attractive potential immigrants. Ms Cruickshank’s research of New Zealand’s Long Term Business Visa immigrants identified their particular use of dimensions of cultural, human, and social capital resources that contribute to their success. The interview she data obtained from the intentional immigrant entrepreneurs revealed distinctive symbolic capital usage patterns at each stage of the stressful business establishment process.

Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley
Associate Professor Ann Dupuis

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