The Empowerment of Black Businesses to Assist their Communities During and after a Disaster: An Ethnographic Study
Disadvantaged communities, especially those populated by African Americans, are some of the most negatively affected communities during and after a natural or manufactured disaster. Systemic and systematic racism and institutionalized distrust have hampered African American/Black-owned businesses from scaling successfully, preventing them from providing economic opportunity and other necessary resources to their communities and further compounding the sluggish recovery of disadvantaged communities. Using a qualitative research method based on critical theory, this ethnographic study aimed to identify ways to position African American firms as an asset to their communities during and after a natural or manufactured disaster.
A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Doctor of Business Administration