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Taufik Abdullah imageDoctoral research abstract

Between Success and Failure: The empowerment of Survival Entrepreneurs, a Case Study of Indonesian Street Food Vendors

This study will investigate the phenomenon of survival entrepreneurship in the context of Indonesian street food vendors. Survival entrepreneurs largely proliferate in developing countries, most likely because of poor economic conditions and lack of other job options. The purpose of this study is to understand the empowerment process of survival entrepreneurs. The term empowerment is sometimes misunderstood as something that can be done to other people. In truth, empowerment is the opposite of charity, generosity, or the application of control over others. This research believes the main principle of empowerment is that it should be centered on the people who are being empowered. It is not about the people who empower others because they have more power or a better life. This study recognizes that empowerment is similar to the process of enlightenment. It emerges within an individual and is signified by an increase in a person's power. Empowered people should be able to freely choose their own well-being conditions and the means to achieve them.


He studied his diploma in Food Production Management and continued to his bachelor's and master's in Tourism Management.

Scholarships and awards

  • 2019–2023, The Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP) Scholarship for PhD program
  • 2017–2022, Certified Hospitality Educator from the American Hotel & Lodging Association

Primary research interests

  • Food tourism
  • Empowerment
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Disadvantaged people
  • Marginality in tourism

Teaching experience

2014–2019, Tourism Marketing Management study program, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (Indonesia University of Education). Teaching several courses related to human resources management, food and beverage management, and tourism management.



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