Immigrant and US-Born Mexican-Owned Businesses: Motivations and Management

Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, Vol. 14, No. 3, pp. 273-295, 2009

Posted: 25 Apr 2010 Last revised: 27 Mar 2011

See all articles by Rachel S. Shinnar

Rachel S. Shinnar

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Melissa S. Cardon

Pace University; Case Western Reserve University

Micki Eisenman

CUNY Baruch College

Myung-Soo Lee

Baruch College - CUNY

Virginia Zuiker

Department of Family Social Science, University of Minnesota

Date Written: September 1, 2009

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Minority entrepreneurship, Mexican American, motivation, ethnic enclave, business financing

Suggested Citation

Shinnar, Rachel S. and Cardon, Melissa S. and Eisenman, Micki and Lee, Myung-Soo and Zuiker, Virginia, Immigrant and US-Born Mexican-Owned Businesses: Motivations and Management (September 1, 2009). Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, Vol. 14, No. 3, pp. 273-295, 2009 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1500100

Rachel S. Shinnar

affiliation not provided to SSRN

No Address Available

Melissa S. Cardon (Contact Author)

Pace University ( email )

One Pace Plaza
White Plains, NY New York 10603
United States

Case Western Reserve University

10900 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106
United States

Micki Eisenman

CUNY Baruch College ( email )

17 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10021
United States

Myung-Soo Lee

Baruch College - CUNY ( email )

One Bernard Baruch Way, B12-240
New York, NY 10010-5585
United States
646-312-3273 (Phone)
646-312-3271 (Fax)

Virginia Zuiker

Department of Family Social Science, University of Minnesota ( email )

1985 Buford Ave.
McNeal Hall Room 290
St. Paul, MN 55108
United States

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