Entrepreneurship and Location: The Cultural Differences Between Two Countries

  • João J. FerreiraEmail author
  • Cristina I. Fernandes


How do regional business cultures affect the local entrepreneurship process? This question has not only received substantial coverage in the literature but also attracted the attention of various researchers. Correspondingly, this study seeks to explore the relationship between culture and entrepreneurship based upon analysis of the factors resulting in the decisions taken by entrepreneurs over the location of their companies in specific regions. Based upon a questionnaire answered by a sample of companies in two companies (Portugal and Brazil), we identified the factors underpinning such decisions on location and the differences existing between these two countries. The results highlight some evidence of a cultural influence as the cause of the differences reported between these two countries. Hence, we verify differentials in the decision making processes taking place in these countries that reflect more emotional and cultural influences revolving around whether or not entrepreneurs were born and raised in their surrounding environments.


Business Owner Entrepreneurial Orientation Business Leader Instrumental Rationality Bartlett Test 
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 This research was supported by the Portuguese Science Foundation through NECE—Research Unit in Business Sciences (Programa de Financiamento Plurianual das Unidades de I&D da FCT—Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Ensino Superior/Portugal).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Management and Economics & NECE - Research Unit in Business SciencesUniversity of Beira InteriorCovilhãPortugal
  2. 2.NECE - Research Unit in Business SciencesUBI and Castelo Branco Polytechnic InstituteBelmontePortugal

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