Sociocultural Factors and Female Entrepreneurship in the Innovative Service Sector in Catalonia: A Qualitative Analysis

  • Maria Noguera
  • Claudia Alvarez
  • Domingo Ribeiro
  • David UrbanoEmail author
Part of the Advances in Spatial Science book series (ADVSPATIAL)


The purpose of this chapter is to analyse the main sociocultural factors and their impact on female entrepreneurship in the innovative service sector in Catalonia (Spain) and to establish differences to male initiatives using the institutional approach as a theoretical framework. Based on a comparative case study, the principal findings suggest that social networks, role models, entrepreneurial attitudes and family context are important determinants of female entrepreneurship. Family context is, in particular, a crucial factor, which might have a larger impact on women than men. The research contributes both theoretically, with the creation of knowledge in less researched areas such as female entrepreneurship in Spain, and practically, through the development of sustainable support policies for female entrepreneurial activity.


Entrepreneurial Activity Entrepreneurial Intention Family Context Informal Institution Sociocultural Factor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Noguera
    • 1
  • Claudia Alvarez
    • 2
  • Domingo Ribeiro
    • 3
  • David Urbano
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Autonomous University of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.University of Medellin, Medellin, Colombia and Autonomous University of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.University of ValenciaValenciaSpain
  4. 4.Department of Business Economics Building BAutonomous University of BarcelonaBellaterra(Barcelona)Spain

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