National Culture and Modes of Entry into Entrepreneurship
33 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2012
Date Written: March 23, 2012
Previous research has focused on national culture as a determinant of entrepreneurship. However, little is known regarding the effect of national culture on modes of entry into entrepreneurship (starting versus taking over a business). Using a unique data set from 3,489 individuals in 34 countries, cross-level analysis shows that a country’s levels of power distance, individualism, uncertainty avoidance, and long-term orientation influence the preferred path to entrepreneurship. We discuss implications of our findings for theory and practice.
Keywords: Multilevel analysis, Hofstede, comparative entrepreneurship, business takeover, national culture
JEL Classification: F00, M13
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