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Cultural Values, Market Institutions, And Entrepreneurship Potential: A Comparative Study Of The United States, Taiwan, And Vietnam

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    (Vietnam-Netherlands Center for Development Economics and Public Policy, National Economics University, Giai Phong Road, Hai Ba Trung Dist., Hanoi, Vietnam)



    (College of Business, Montana State University, 320 Reid Hall, Bozeman, Montana 59717-3040, USA)


    (Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, College of Business and Economics, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington 99164-4851, USA)


    (Department of Business Administration & Institute of International Business, National Cheng Kung University, 1 Ta-Hsueh Road, Tainan 701, Taiwan)


    (DPU International College, Dhurakijpundit University, 110/1-4 Prachachuen Road, Laksi, Bangkok 10210, Thailand)

This study examines the impact of national cultural values and the development of market institutions on three aspects of entrepreneurship (desire, intention, and confidence in creating new ventures). We ask: What different kinds of effects do cultural and institutional factors have on different aspects of entrepreneurship? Our samples come from Vietnam, Taiwan, and the United States (US). The use of three countries allows us to distinguish the separate influences of culture and market institutions on entrepreneurship. Our results suggest that only culture has a significant impact on individuals' desires to create new ventures. However, we found mixed results on whether culture or institution affects individuals' intentions and confidence in creating new ventures. Contrary to our hypotheses, the Vietnam sample had higher scores on intention to create new ventures than both the US and Taiwan samples. The Vietnam sample was also higher than Taiwan on the confidence in creating new ventures. This may suggest an interaction effect of cultural and institutional factors on entrepreneurship. This interaction deserves more attention in future research.

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Article provided by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. in its journal Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship.

Volume (Year): 14 (2009)
Issue (Month): 01 ()
Pages: 21-37

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Handle: RePEc:wsi:jdexxx:v:14:y:2009:i:01:p:21-37
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