The four cases in this collection are each about an entrepreneur with a business operating in the Turkish food and agriculture sector. Each entrepreneur encounters a dilemma on the path to growing their business, as there were significant events unfolding in Turkey at the same time, including the Syrian refugee crisis and COVID-19.
The collection is designed to be flexible and appropriate for a wide range of audiences and contexts. For example, the cases are appropriate for adoption in both entrepreneurship training programs and university courses. Each case is freestanding, so instructors can decide which case(s) to use in a program or course. While each case is about an entrepreneur in the Turkish food and agriculture sector, the dilemmas and discussion questions are transferable to entrepreneurs in other economic sectors in emerging markets. Additionally, the external factors (e.g., the Syrian refugee crisis) and how they affect the entrepreneur in each case can be incorporated into the class discussion at the instructor’s discretion.
After reading and discussing the cases, students should be able to apply critical thinking to entrepreneurship-related dilemmas, identify key entrepreneurship concepts and apply them to address business challenges, understand strategies for growth in the context of small and medium enterprises in emerging markets, and understand unique challenges refugees encounter in building sustainable livelihoods in their host countries.