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Business creation by immigrant entrepreneurs in the valencian community. The influence of education

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The authors analyse the level of education and the attitude to education of immigrant entrepreneurs in relation to enterprise activity, the reasons for setting up businesses and the creation process. The main objective of this article is to discover the most important characteristics of immigrant entrepreneurs in the Valencian Community. In particular, it attempts to explain the influence of education on the setting up of businesses. To do so, 326 questionnaires have been analysed to undertake a study of the various immigrant communities in the Valencian Community that identify said factors. The hypothesis we put forward in this article is an attempt at relating the attitude to education of immigrant entrepreneurs, and its relation to business activity, the motivation for setting up businesses and the process for said business creation. As the most outstanding result, this article shows that the level of education of an entrepreneur is the factor on which the majority of business activity will depend. There is no factor of this personal dimension that relates to most aspects of motivation and business process. The study focuses on a particular geographical area. Consequently, the study helps to understand business activity by non-national entrepreneurs in a globalized economy and adds value to public policies for fostering business.

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Carbonell, J.R., Hernandez, J.C.P. & García, F.J.L. Business creation by immigrant entrepreneurs in the valencian community. The influence of education. Int Entrep Manag J 10, 409–426 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11365-011-0211-2

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  • Immigrant entrepreneur
  • Educational level
  • Enterprise

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