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A Cultural Perspective on Entrepreneurship and Regional Development: The Case of the Bages (Catalonia)

  • Daniela GimenezEmail author
  • Marta Peris-Ortiz
  • David Urbano
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Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to analyze, from a qualitative approach, the relationship between institutions, entrepreneurship and local development in the region of the Bages (Catalonia). The main findings suggest in the light of institutional economics that entrepreneurship in this region is greatly influenced by informal institutions (culture, social networks and role models). Also, the results highlight the influence of entrepreneurship on the regional development (jobs generation, economic growth and innovation). The research has conceptual implications (advancing in the application of institutional perspective in the field of entrepreneurship) and practical implications (for the design of governmental policies towards regional development).

Keywords

Regional Development Entrepreneurial Activity Support Organization Formal Institution Entrepreneurial Intention 
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Acknowledgments

 The authors acknowledge the financial support from the projects ECO2013-44027-P (Spanish Ministry of Economy & Competitiveness), ECO/2663/2013 (Economy & Knowledge Department, Catalan Government) and PAID-06-12 (Sp 20120792) from Universitat Politècnica de València. Also, the authors recognize the support by Marc Bernadich as a coordinator of the fieldwork research (April–June 2012) in the Bages (Catalonia) and the involvement of the PhD students in the course “SMEs in Economic and Regional Development” (2011–2012 academic year) (International Doctorate in Entrepreneurship and Management (IDEM), Autonomous University of Barcelona).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniela Gimenez
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marta Peris-Ortiz
    • 2
  • David Urbano
    • 3
  1. 1.Business AdministrationUniversity of Witten/HerdeckeWittenGermany
  2. 2.Business AdministrationUniversitat Politècnica de ValènciaValenciaSpain
  3. 3.Department of BusinessAutonomous University of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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