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Spring 2013

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Nepal: Development and Social Change


Recognizing the large impact that entrepreneurship can have on the development of a country, this research attempts to study the process foreigners face in starting up a business, the motives for entering the Nepalese market place, and ultimately how these foreign business owners are finding success in Nepal. Focusing primarily on the food sector, this research hopes to answer the question of whether foreign entrepreneurs can successfully integrate into the Nepalese market, how foreign business might differ from native business, and how foreign presence is affecting Nepal’s development. This study takes place in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Patan, and will use semi-structured interviews and questionnaires to obtain data.

Research found that conducting business in Nepal as a foreigner is extremely uninviting, and there is much inefficiency present. Many foreigners are being kept out because of high barriers to enter the market. Moving forward, Nepal should relax its requirements to stimulate business in the food sector.


Civic and Community Engagement | Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations | Family, Life Course, and Society | Growth and Development | Sales and Merchandising | Work, Economy and Organizations


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