Research Handbook on Entrepreneurial Teams
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Research Handbook on Entrepreneurial Teams

Theory and Practice

Edited by Cyrine Ben-Hafaïedh and Thomas M. Cooney

This book reinforces the value and importance of entrepreneurial teams within the entrepreneurship literature. The expert group of contributors identifies and develops various key areas of research on entrepreneurship teams and suggests the way ahead for future research in the area. The contributors expand on the existing literature on entrepreneurial teams by first revisiting the most recent framework applied to entrepreneurial teams (that is the Inputs-Mediators-Outputs-Inputs model) and then advancing our understanding of issues such as formation, structuring, deep-level diversity and emergent states. The book additionally considers different contexts of application with reference to their commonalities and specificities and investigates under-researched areas such as entrepreneurial teams within indigenous communities, ethnically diverse groups and women entrepreneurs. The contributors present practice-relevant research and offer researchers a platform from which they can explore new insights into the phenomenon of entrepreneurial teams.
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Chapter 10: Te Ohu Umanga Māori: temporality and intent in the Māori entrepreneurial team

Mānuka Hēnare, Billie Lythberg, Amber Nicholson and Christine Woods


Māori are the Indigenous people of Aotearoa-New Zealand. Māori entrepreneurial teams harmonise the collective intent and complementary attributes of individual members, and balance heritage with innovation. They recognize spiritual and human ancestors, and descendants not yet born, as part of the entrepreneurial team and shareholders in their intent and outcomes. This inclusive humanistic-spiritual approach has ramifications for the Māori entrepreneurial team’s observation of history and its teachings, and how it conceives of and works towards the future. This chapter focuses on two clusters of values – temporality and intent – to demonstrate that the relationship between entrepreneurship and cultural values determines the composition of, and guides toward success, the Māori entrepreneurial team. More generally, the chapter offers a lens into Indigenous entrepreneurship, team formation, aspirations and turnover.

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