The main barriers of Portuguese entrepreneurship ecosystem: Interpretive Structural Modeling (ISM) approach
This study is based on the technique Interpretive Structural Modelling (ISM) (Warfield, 1973), in order to delineate a flowchart that shows the main ten barriers (and their relationships) influencing the development of Portuguese Entrepreneurship Ecosystem. Through a process of modelling it was possible to reach a graphical representation that shows the operating sequence of these barriers in order to understand the logic of their relationship. The results show a model represented by a flowchart consisting of 10 barriers, three of them that are positioned at the base of the model have political-legislative features with high level of range in all the remaining barriers, so a political involvement, carefully measured, could contribute to the improvement of the Portuguese Entrepreneurship Ecosystem. The final model is a useful tool that can be adopted by key decision-makers and players in the Ecosystem in order to optimize the selection of measures enabling the entrepreneurial activity in Portugal.
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