Title: A comparative study of perceptions towards entrepreneurship in India, Poland, and the USA

Authors: Beata Glinka; Tojo Thatchenkery

Addresses: Faculty of Management, University of Warsaw, Szturmowa 1/3, 02-678 Warsaw, Poland ' School of Public Policy, George Mason University, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201, USA

Abstract: The main purpose of our study was to assess the perceptions of MBA and MS (in organisation development and knowledge management) students towards entrepreneurship. We were interested in questions such as whether students from the post-socialist Poland or less capitalism friendly India will perceive entrepreneurship the same way students from a free-market oriented culture such as the USA. Using qualitative methods of data collection and thematic analysis we explored the data to bring out underlying and deep rooted assumptions towards business, leadership, and wealth creation. We found that core cultural values impact significantly students' attitudes towards entrepreneurship and business creation.

Keywords: entrepreneurship; cultural differences; culture; locus of control; India; Poland; USA; United States; organisational development; knowledge management; student perceptions; business creation; leadership; wealth creation; higher education.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHRDM.2013.055413

International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management, 2013 Vol.13 No.2/3, pp.119 - 135

Published online: 19 Jul 2014 *

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