National Culture and Modes of Entry into Entrepreneurship

33 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2012

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Jorn H. Block

University of Trier - Faculty of Management; Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Institute of Management (ERIM)

Sascha G. Walter

Lancaster University - Management School

Date Written: March 23, 2012

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Block, Jorn Hendrich and Walter, Sascha G., National Culture and Modes of Entry into Entrepreneurship (March 23, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2027864 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2027864

Jorn Hendrich Block (Contact Author)

University of Trier - Faculty of Management ( email )

D-54296
Germany

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Institute of Management (ERIM) ( email )

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3000 DR Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland 3062PA
Netherlands

Sascha G. Walter

Lancaster University - Management School ( email )

Bailrigg
Lancaster, LA1 4YX
United Kingdom

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