Title: The relationship between national culture and national entrepreneurial activity

Authors: Sibin Wu

Addresses: Department of Management, Marketing and International Business, College of Business Administration, University of Texas-Pan American, Edinburg, TX 8541-2999, USA

Abstract: In this paper, I sought to link national culture and national entrepreneurial activity. Using data collected through Global Entrepreneurship Monitor and Hofstede|s four dimensions of national culture, I found that individualism and total entrepreneurial activity (TEA) are negatively related, but that the other three dimensions are not significantly related to either TEA or FEA (firm entrepreneurial activity). The findings suggest that policy makers should create an environment and make policies that encourage collectivism so that entrepreneurship booms in the country or in different regions of a country. I also point out directions for future research.

Keywords: national culture; entrepreneurial activity; uncertainty avoidance; individualism; power distance; masculinity; firm entrepreneurial activity.

DOI: 10.1504/WREMSD.2007.013607

World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, 2007 Vol.3 No.2, pp.127 - 141

Published online: 09 May 2007 *

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