Self-efficacy and psychological well-being of female entrepreneurs: A study on the Brazil-Argentina border

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Patrick Zawadzki
Sayonara de Fátima Teston
Hilka Pelizza Vier Machado
Carla Fabiana Cazella


The objective of this study was to compare entrepreneurial self-efficacy and psychological well-being, as well as the relationships between these constructs, in Brazilian and Argentinean women entrepreneurs. A total of 404 women participated in a survey study during a development program at two universities located on the border. The results point to several similarities, which can promote rapprochement and development, and differences, which, if not managed assertively, can lead to conflicts. Evidence demonstrates associations between entrepreneurial self-efficacy and psychological well-being, thereby expanding the entrepreneurship literature. This contribution develops the understanding of motivation in entrepreneurial cognition, redefines entrepreneurial success, broadens the scope of women’s entrepreneurial role in this border region, and identifies elements to promote cooperation between entrepreneurs in both countries. From a managerial point of view, the research shows the need for managers to be aware of cultural differences in everyday actions and negotiations within these territories.


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ZAWADZKI, P.; DE FÁTIMA TESTON, S.; PELIZZA VIER MACHADO, H.; FABIANA CAZELLA, C. Self-efficacy and psychological well-being of female entrepreneurs: A study on the Brazil-Argentina border. RAE - Revista de Administracao de Empresas , [S. l.], v. 64, n. 4, p. e2022–0410, 2024. DOI: 10.1590/S0034-759020240404. Disponível em: Acesso em: 14 jul. 2024.


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