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Entrepreneurship amongst Minority Language Speakers: The Case of Wales


  • Dylan Jones-Evans
  • Piers Thompson
  • Caleb Kwong


Jones-Evans D., Thompson P. and Kwong C. Entrepreneurship amongst minority language speakers: the case of Wales, Regional Studies. Using data from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) survey, this study explores the entrepreneurial characteristics of Welsh speakers who live both inside and outside Welsh language clusters, focusing on the extent to which they follow those patterns predicted by theories drawn from the ethnic entrepreneurship field. The results indicate that whilst fluent Welsh speakers are more likely than non-Welsh speakers to perceive opportunities for business starts and be involved in business starts in non-Welsh-speaking areas, this can be largely explained by differences in environmental and personal characteristics. [image omitted] Jones-Evans D., Thompson P. et Kwong C. L'esprit d'entreprise parmi ceux qui parlent une langue minoritaire: etude de cas du pays de Galles, Regional Studies. A partir des donnees provenant de l'enquete menee par le Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (Moniteur de l'esprit d'entreprise mondiale), cette etude examine les caracteristiques entrepreneuriales de ceux qui parlent gallois et qui habitent a l'interieur et a l'exterieur des regroupements de ceux qui parlent gallois, focalisant le point jusqu'a quel elles suivent les distributions prevues par les theories puisees dans le domaine de l'esprit d'entreprise ethnique. Alors que ceux qui parlent couramment le gallois sont plus susceptibles de noter les possibilites de creer une entreprise dans les zones ou on ne parle pas le gallois que ne le sont ceux qui ne parlent pas le gallois, les resultats indiquent que cela s'explique dans une large mesure par des variations des caracteristiques d'ordre environnemental et personnel. Gallois Commerces ethniques Esprit d'entreprise Jones-Evans D., Thompson P. und Kwong C. Unternehmertum unter Minderheitensprachlern: der Fall von Wales, Regional Studies. Mit Hilfe von Daten der globalen Umfrage uber Unternehmertum (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor bzw. GEM) untersuchen wir in dieser Studie die unternehmerischen Eigenschaften walisischsprachiger Personen, die innerhalb und ausserhalb der walisischen Sprachcluster leben. Hierbei berucksichtigen wir besonders die Frage, in welchem Umfang diese Personen den Mustern folgen, die von den Theorien im Bereich des ethnischen Unternehmertums vorausgesagt werden. Die Ergebnisse weisen darauf hin, dass fliessend walisischsprachige Personen zwar haufiger als nicht walisischsprachige Personen in nicht walisischsprachigen Gebieten Gelegenheiten zur Geschaftsgrundung wahrnehmen und sich an Geschaftsgrundungen beteiligen, doch dass sich dies grosstenteils durch Unterschiede bei den Umwelt- und personlichen Merkmalen erklaren lasst. Walisische Sprache Ethnische Firmen Unternehmertum Jones-Evans D., Thompson P. y Kwong C. El empresariado entre los hablantes de idiomas minoritarios: el caso de Gales, Regional Studies. Usando datos del estudio Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), en este ensayo analizamos las caracteristicas empresariales de los hablantes galeses que viven dentro y fuera de aglomeraciones en lengua galesa y prestamos atencion a la medida en que siguen los modelos pronosticados por teorias extraidas del campo etnico empresarial. Los resultados indican que es cierto que las personas que hablan gales fluido tienen mas probabilidades que los hablantes no galeses a percibir las oportunidades de comenzar un negocio y participar en los inicios de un negocio en zonas donde no se habla gales. Sin embargo, esto se debe en gran medida a las diferencias en las caracteristicas medioambientales y personales. Lengua galesa Comercios etnicos Empresariado

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  • Dylan Jones-Evans & Piers Thompson & Caleb Kwong, 2011. "Entrepreneurship amongst Minority Language Speakers: The Case of Wales," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(2), pages 219-238.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:45:y:2011:i:2:p:219-238
    DOI: 10.1080/00343400903241493

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    1. Sara Parry & Paul Westhead, 2016. "Mobilizing relationship marketing to ensure venture development in a rural resource-constrained bilingual context: The case of Draig Technology Limited," Working Papers 16002, Bangor Business School, Prifysgol Bangor University (Cymru / Wales).
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    3. Claudia Álvarez & David Urbano & José Amorós, 2014. "GEM research: achievements and challenges," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 42(3), pages 445-465, March.


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