When Does Christian Religion Matter for Entrepreneurial Activity? The Contingent Effect of a Country's Investments into Knowledge

39 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2014

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K. Praveen Parboteeah

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

Sascha G. Walter

Lancaster University - Management School

Jorn H. Block

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

Date Written: May 29, 2014

Abstract

This study furthers scholarship on the religion-entrepreneurship link by proposing that (1) aspects of a country’s religious profile impact individual entrepreneurial activity differently and (2) that a country's level of investments in knowledge serves as a contingency factor in this milieu. Our cross-level analyses of data from 9,266 individuals and 27 predominantly Christian countries support the second, but not the first suggestion. The study contributes to a more nuanced understanding of religion’s role for entrepreneurship and bridges the literatures on religion and knowledge-based entrepreneurship. Furthermore, the study provides evidence of the effects of religion above and beyond the effects of national culture.

Keywords: Entrepreneurial activity, religion, spirituality, cross-level analysis

JEL Classification: A13, M13

Suggested Citation

Parboteeah, K. Praveen and Walter, Sascha G. and Block, Jorn Hendrich, When Does Christian Religion Matter for Entrepreneurial Activity? The Contingent Effect of a Country's Investments into Knowledge (May 29, 2014). Journal of Business Ethics, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2443565 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2443565

K. Praveen Parboteeah

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater ( email )

800 W. Main
Whitewater, WI 53190
United States

Sascha G. Walter

Lancaster University - Management School ( email )

Bailrigg
Lancaster, LA1 4YX
United Kingdom

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

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