Enhancing the Potential of Cultural Entrepreneurship: Connecting Regional Development and Performance of Cultural Firms in Europe

Part of the FGF Studies in Small Business and Entrepreneurship book series (FGFS)


It is commonly recognized that individuals’ motivations drive the entrepreneurial process, though the qualities and outcomes of such are regulated by the environment. This article focuses on the regional dimension of entrepreneurship in the cultural sector found within Europe. A large sample of cultural firms from 13 European countries were selected from the Amadeus database in order to study the relationship of cultural firms’ performances and regional development using linear mixed models. Relevant results of this article include the finding that regional entrepreneurial development is related to the performance of cultural firms with respect to their primary relationships, capital financing, and firm debt. Moreover, there is evidence that variability of results is associated with the country, as opposed to the regional, level. Lastly, differences depend on the cultural sector under concern and on the different dimensions of regional entrepreneurial development. We conclude with some policy recommendations and reflections.


Entepreneurship Cultural and creative sectors Regional development Performance indicators European countries Amadeus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Economic Research, Ljubljana and Faculty of EconomicsUniversity of LjubljanaLjubljanaSlovenia
  2. 2.Burgundy School of BusinessDijonFrance

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