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The immigrant entrepreneur in the international change: A managerial analysis according to demographic profile

Carlos Rueda Armengot (Department of Business Administration, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain)
Frances Solé Parellada (Polytechnic University of Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain)
Joaquín Rieta Carbonell (SAI Wireless, Valencia, Spain)

Journal of Organizational Change Management

ISSN: 0953-4814

Article publication date: 6 July 2010




The purpose of this paper is to analyze the ethnic profile of the entrepreneur in relation to business activity, the reasons for creating the firm and the creation process. The aim is to analyze whether or not belonging to a particular ethnic group has an influence on the said processes, regardless of place of birth or nationality.


A total of 326 questionnaires were analyzed in order to carry out an exploratory study on different ethnic communities in the region of Valencia (Spain) by identifying the most influential factors for each of the dimensions studied.


The empirical results obtained show the relevance of ethnic origin. The variables that correspond to business activity, motives for new firm creation and the process involved undergo extremely significant alterations, depending on the origin of the entrepreneur.

Research limitations/implications

The paper focuses on a particular geographical area and thus the limitations of the sample, as well as the influence of environmental factors may affect some of the results.


The paper contributes towards understanding business activity among an increasingly important collective in a globalized economy and provides valuable knowledge for creating public policy aimed at the integration and development of different ethnic groups.



Rueda Armengot, C., Solé Parellada, F. and Rieta Carbonell, J. (2010), "The immigrant entrepreneur in the international change: A managerial analysis according to demographic profile", Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 23 No. 4, pp. 377-395.



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