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Embeddedness as a Differentiating Element of Indigenous Entrepreneurship: Insights from Mexico

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Escuela Superior de Comercio y Administración, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Plan de San Luis, s/n, Santo Tomas, Miguel Hidalgo, Ciudad de México 11340, Mexico
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Department of Business Science, University of Castilla-La Mancha, ESII, Paseo de los Estudiantes, s/n, 02006 Albacete, Spain
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Academic Editor: María de la Cruz del Río-Rama
Sustainability 2021, 13(4), 2117; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042117
Received: 20 January 2021 / Revised: 10 February 2021 / Accepted: 10 February 2021 / Published: 16 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Rural Development through Entrepreneurship and Innovation)
The present work aims to know the motives of why Indigenous entrepreneurs start companies, as well as how the characteristics of these groups influence the motives for company creation and determine entrepreneurial behavior. Through qualitative research, using interviews from five Indigenous entrepreneurs in Mexico, and the comparative case studies, this research identifies the motivators and characteristics of Indigenous entrepreneurs, as well as community embeddedness as an element of core business, without which company creation could not happen. The results show that embeddedness, identity, comunalidad (communal way of life), and worldview contribute positively to entrepreneurial project achievements, which also impact the community itself. Recommendations for different economic and social agents, concerning supporting the sustainability of Indigenous communities, and the protection of their culture and historical legacies, are derived from this study. View Full-Text
Keywords: indigenous entrepreneurship; embeddedness; worldview; comunalidad; motivators indigenous entrepreneurship; embeddedness; worldview; comunalidad; motivators
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Molina-Ramírez, E.; Barba-Sánchez, V. Embeddedness as a Differentiating Element of Indigenous Entrepreneurship: Insights from Mexico. Sustainability 2021, 13, 2117. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042117

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Molina-Ramírez E, Barba-Sánchez V. Embeddedness as a Differentiating Element of Indigenous Entrepreneurship: Insights from Mexico. Sustainability. 2021; 13(4):2117. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042117

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Molina-Ramírez, Ericka, and Virginia Barba-Sánchez. 2021. "Embeddedness as a Differentiating Element of Indigenous Entrepreneurship: Insights from Mexico" Sustainability 13, no. 4: 2117. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042117

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