Title

Balancing act: Business and household in a small Volivian city

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Carfax Publishing

Faculty

Regional Professional Studies

School

Regional Professional Studies Deans Office

RAS ID

829

Comments

Originally published as: Eversole, R. (2002). Balancing act: business and household in a small Bolivian city. Development in Practice, 12(5), 589-601. Original article available here

Abstract

Sucre is a city of micro enterprises. The lines between business and household are often blurred: accounts are mixed, space is shared, and partners from outside the household are rare. On the surface, this kind of business organisation seems most inadequate for economic success. Yet a closer look at the internal workings of Sucre's businesses suggests that the complex 'balancing act' between business and household may represent not sloppy management (as micro-enterprise development agencies often maintain), but a flexible strategy for household well-being. Sucre's businesses essentially follow 'triple bottom line' accounting at the household level, taking into account both financial and non-financial goals.

DOI

10.1080/0961452022000017605

 
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Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1080/0961452022000017605