Title: A meta-analysis on the influence of national culture on innovation capability

Authors: Hongyi Sun

Addresses: Dept. of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management, City University of Hong Kong, 8 Tat Chee Av., Kowloon, Hong Kong, China

Abstract: This paper records the study on the influence of national cultures on innovation capability. It is a meta-analysis of previous studies. Innovation capability is measured according to the research by Porter and Stern (2001). The national culture is measured according to the study by Hofstede (1991). Hofstede|s (1991) national culture model covers dimensions such as power distance, individualism, masculinity and uncertainty avoidance. Four hypotheses were formulated accordingly to test the relationship between national culture and national innovation capability. It is found out that individualism, power distance and uncertainty avoidance are correlated with national innovation capability. An innovative culture index (ICI) is formulated for benchmarking.

Keywords: national culture; individualism; power distance; uncertainty avoidance; innovation capability; innovative culture index; benchmarking.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEIM.2009.025678

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, 2009 Vol.10 No.3/4, pp.353 - 360

Published online: 23 May 2009 *

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