Maori Entrepreneurship in the Contempory Business Environment
Vol. Volume 8, Number 3 December/2003
Alina Zapalska, Geoff Perry, and Helen Dabb
This study's objective is to examine the nature of Maori enterprises and to analyze the environment for development and growth of the Maori entrepreneurial firms in the reforming economy of New Zealand. In order to evaluate and compare firms development relative to selected external environmental factors affecting entrepreneurial operations, on-site surveys and personal interviews were conducted among Maori entrepreneurs. The environmental conditions were grouped into five external environmental factors (government policies and procedures, socioeconomic conditions, entrepreneurial and business skills, financial support to businesses and non-financial support to businesses), and analyzed based on Gnyawali and Fogel's model (1994). Policy implications are made for assisting Maori firms development in New Zealand.