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Juan Francisco Alvarado Valenzuela

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Topic of thesis: Entrepreneurship, Migration and Innovation: immigrants as innovative and replicative entrepreneurs
Abstract: This research proposes to study entrepreneurship and innovation centered on immigrants’ business initiatives. Immigrant face larger difficulties compared to natives due to their lower level –on average- in human, social, and financial capital as it has been shown in previous research. Theoretically, immigrants can connect between two worlds leading to innovation and flow of information. Innovation comes when new ideas are located and put into practice in a certain society meanwhile replication refers to the mere organization of similar business. This research looks at contextual and personal conditions of immigrant entrepreneurs leading to the decision of becoming innovator and replicators, looking deeply at their constraints and strength. The project combines qualitative techniques such as in-depth interviews with network analysis based on ego-networks of immigrant entrepreneurs. At the level of the immigrant firms, there will be a survey to characterize their strength and weakness to innovate, contrasted with an online tool to rate innovation from costumers. The interview is designed to gather educational level, professional experience, migration history, economic activities, funding methods and entrepreneurial experience. The roster for ego-data will identify resources and information obtained through other people connected to their business circles, immigrant communities and personal activities.
Research interests: Migration Studies. Integration and inequalities. Immigrant entrepreneurship. Social Network Analysis
Graduated from: MSc - MISOCO Program: University of Amsterdam, University of Deusto and university of Osnabrück MA - University of Granada - Spain BA - Catholic University of Ecuador
Degrees obtained: Joint European Master in International Migration and Social Cohesion (Master of Science-Dutch Degree, Master of Arts-German Degree and Master Universitario-Spanish Degree) Master in Direction and Management of Social Project (Master Oficial-Spanish Degree Bachelor in Sociology with a minor on International Relation (Ecuadorian Undergraduate Degree)
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