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Immigrant And Us-Born Mexican-Owned Businesses: Motivations And Management

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    (Walker College of Business, Appalachian State University, ASU Box 32089, Boone, NC 28608, USA)


    (Lubin School of Business, Pace University, 861 Bedford Road, Goldstein 227, Pleasantville, NY 10570, USA)


    (Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, 1 Bernard Baruch Way, Box B9-240, New York, NY 10010, USA)


    (Department of Family Social Science, University of Minnesota, 290 McNeal Hall, St. Paul, MN 55108, USA)


    (Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, 1 Bernard Baruch Way, Box B9-240, New York, NY 10010, USA)

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    In this study, we seek to understand the key differences between the entrepreneurial experience for Mexican immigrant and US-born Mexican entrepreneurs. We focus on differences in motivation for start-up, reliance on ethnic enclaves and business management practices. Using data from the 2005 National Minority Business Owner Survey, our sample consisted of 156 Mexican American entrepreneurs (55 immigrants and 101 US-born). Results suggest that even within a particular minority group, there are key distinctions between immigrant and US-born entrepreneurs. For example, US-born Mexican entrepreneurs are more motivated by the individualistic financial benefits of being an entrepreneur, while Mexican immigrant entrepreneurs are more motivated by serving society and their co-ethnic community. Implications are discussed.

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    Article provided by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. in its journal Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship.

    Volume (Year): 14 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 03 ()
    Pages: 273-295

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    Handle: RePEc:wsi:jdexxx:v:14:y:2009:i:03:p:273-295
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