Jason Mika

Doctor of Philosophy, (Business )
Study Completed: 2015
Massey Business School


Thesis Title
The Role of Publicly Funded Enterprise Assistance in Maori Entrepreneurship in Aotearoa New Zealand

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Public enterprise assistance comprises non-financial and financial assistance funded by government. Examples include information, advice, facilitation, training, grants and finance. Mr Mika interviewed Maori entrepreneurs on their experiences as clients of such assistance in terms of the difference it made and what an ideal delivery model might look like. Kaupapa Maori theory underpinned the research. Mr Mika found that Maori entrepreneurship is an expression of Maori self-determination, potentiality and freedom, which represents a different way of doing business predicated upon principles of duality, collectivism, permanence and intergenerationality. Publicly funded enterprise assistance serves Maori entrepreneurs in three main ways. First, it satisfies firm-level business needs. Second, it builds Maori entrepreneurial capabilities, comprising social capital, human capital, cultural capital, financial capital and spiritual capital. Third, it enables Maori enterprises to develop according to a Maori model of enterprise development. His findings may influence design of public enterprise assistance for Maori entrepreneurs.

Associate Professor Paul Toulson
Associate Professor Jo Bensemann
Dr Annemarie Gillies

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