Contrasting Entrepreneurial Economic Developments in Less-Developed Latin American Markets: Applications and Extensions of Resource-Based Theory
G. Page West (),
Charles Bamford () and
Jesse W. Marsden ()
Additional contact information G. Page West: Calloway School of Business, Wake Forest University
Jesse W. Marsden: School of International Service, American University
Emerging economies face daunting economic development challenges. Economists and management consultants have generally suggested global solutions which typically focus solely on foreign direct investment. Yet a resource-based theory approach offers an alternative view that economic development in which a foundation of resources within an region gestates entrepreneurial activity. While theoretically appealing, it is unclear in application how such resources can be developed or which types of resources are most important to develop. This paper extends the application of resource-based theory to entrepreneurial economic development in subsistence economies. A qualitative study of contrasting entrepreneurial activity in Chiapas (Mexico) and Atenas (Costa Rica) and the primacy of intangible resources – and especially entrepreneurial orientation resources – in the gestation of entrepreneurial activity.