The Mutedness of a Group of Local Entrepreneurs in Indian State of Odisha and Its Impact on the Skill Development Initiatives of the State

  • Partha Sarathi Maharaja Agrasen College, University of Delhi
  • Grishma Kumari Corporate Communication, NTPC Vindhyachal, Madhya Pradesh, India
Keywords: muted group theory, ntrepreneurs, bureaucracy, power structure, corporate lobbies, skill development, government policies

Abstract

This study utilises muted group theory to understand the impact bureaucratic structure has on local entrepreneurs when policymaking is influenced by dominating groups, viz the corporate lobbies. Muted group theory is used to define the characteristics of decision-making to favour a few at the expense of a group of individuals who have the relevant technical expertise but lack their say in the policy formulation of the state. The premises of the theory focus on the lack of underrepresented voices present in policies, structures, and organisations. To gain clarity on the experiences of these entrepreneurs, a thorough case study is presented and analysed on the process of the muting of a class of local entrepreneurs and its impact at the local and national level. The findings in this research indicate the importance of representation of local elements in the decision-making process in bureaucratic structures to accommodate the concerns and aspirations of the masses and to highlight the adverse impact of muted ness of entrepreneurs in the progress of the society.muted group theory

Published
2021-06-30
How to Cite
Sarathi, P., & Kumari, G. (2021). The Mutedness of a Group of Local Entrepreneurs in Indian State of Odisha and Its Impact on the Skill Development Initiatives of the State. The Journal of Development Communication, 32(1), 121-127. Retrieved from http://jdc.journals.unisel.edu.my/ojs/index.php/jdc/article/view/197