Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, CARMA 2016 - 1st International Conference on Advanced Research Methods and Analytics

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Firm survival strategies for entrepreneurs and freelancers in the translator and interpreter sector
Clara Gieure, Jasmina Berbegal-Mirabent

Last modified: 23-06-2017

Abstract


This study examines a set of factors that contribute to firm and self-employed survival in the Spanish translation and interpreting sector (henceforth, T&I). In the midst of a global downturn  firm and self-employed survival is key for the  progress  of  economies  and  for  a  better  and  more  stable  future.  The empirical  analysis  explores  different  patterns  that  lead  to  firm  survival. Using  comparative  qualitative  analysis,we  identify  seven  combinations  of causal conditions that explain the outcome. This study contributes towards a better   understanding   of   entrepreneurial   translators   and   interpreters’ lifespan.  The  results  indicate  that  entrepreneurs  and  freelancers  can  follow different  pathways,  all  of  them,  conducing  to  firm  survival.  With  little literature on the topic of firm survival in the T&I sector, thisstudy aims to fill this  gap  and  make  a  valuable  contribution  to  the  current  literature  on  T&I firms and self-employed survival.

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