Title: Impact of the human capital on the performance of micro-enterprise: an empirical study in Argentina

Authors: Nicolás Salvador Beltramino; Domingo García Pérez De Lema; Luis Enrique Valdez Juárez

Addresses: Pedagogical Institute of Social Sciences, National University of Villa María, Argentina ' Faculty of Business Sciences, Polytechnic University of Cartagena, Spain ' Department of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Technological Institute of Sonora, Mexico

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to analyse the determinants of business performance micro-enterprises. In order to do that, an empirical study is carried out in the Argentine context, based on the information obtained from 468 micro firms. The micro-enterprises are those that have less ten employees. The results show that human capital measurement by education level, previous experiences, management skills and motivation to set up the company have positive impacts on the performance of micro-enterprises. These results have important economic and social implications that allow governments favour the ecosystem of the micro-enterprises.

Keywords: human capital; micro-enterprises; motivations; performance; entrepreneurship; education level; previous experience; leadership skills; competitive advantages; subsistence; competitiveness; growth.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2020.109009

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2020 Vol.40 No.4, pp.439 - 464

Received: 09 Dec 2017
Accepted: 24 May 2018

Published online: 07 Aug 2020 *

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