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Microfinance Traps and Relational Exchange Norms: A Field Study of Women Entrepreneurs in Tanzania
Department of Business, Economics and Law at the Mid Sweden University.
Department in the Villanova School of Business at Villanova University.
Strategy and Organization Department at the EMLYON Business School.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering. Hanken School of Economics .ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8770-8874
2018 (English)In: Journal of small business management (Print), ISSN 0047-2778, E-ISSN 1540-627XArticle in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

In interdependent social groups, microfinance traps occur when conflicts arise between borrowers' affective ties related to family needs and instrumental ties related to obligations toward their loan group. Thus, the social capital that facilitates microfinancing can lead to conflicting obligations toward business needs and economic obligations toward family. Building on an inductive field study among female entrepreneurs in Tanzania, we conceptualize microfinance traps. By using relational contract theory to interpret the qualitative data, we argue that microfinance traps can be reduced by balancing role integrity, preserving norms and reciprocity, and harmonizing the social matrix toward the family and loan group.

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Blackwell Publishing, 2018.
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Entrepreneurship and Innovation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-67817DOI: 10.1111/jsbm.12407OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-67817DiVA, id: diva2:1187032
Available from: 2018-03-02 Created: 2018-03-02 Last updated: 2018-03-12

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