1. bookVolume 12 (2020): Issue 2 (June 2020)
Journal Details
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24 Feb 2009
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4 times per year
access type Open Access

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Towards Rural Development Evidence from a Peripheral Area in Portugal

Published Online: 09 Jul 2020
Page range: 209 - 220
Received: 03 Mar 2020
Accepted: 10 Jun 2020
Journal Details
First Published
24 Feb 2009
Publication timeframe
4 times per year

Based on an exploratory research, this study highlights the role of pure rural entrepreneurship towards rural development of an inland and mountainous area of Portugal—Montemuro. Thanks to the Institute of Cultural Affairs and the energy of the rural communities, some people of the rural area have been stimulated thirty years ago to develop endogenous, entrepreneurial and innovative initiatives in the countryside. The benefits of all these rural entrepreneurial and endogenous initiatives are visible nowadays. Some villages of the rural area have more people, socio-economic dynamics were revitalized, and some job opportunities were created. Therefore, in a context of depopulation and crisis of peripheral and interior areas, our study demonstrates that rural entrepreneurship and innovation based on endogenous resources are key for the welfare of the rural society.


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