Journal of International Business Studies

, Volume 41, Issue 8, pp 1347–1364

Performance-based vs socially supportive culture: A cross-national study of descriptive norms and entrepreneurship


DOI: 10.1057/jibs.2010.14

Cite this article as:
Stephan, U. & Uhlaner, L. J Int Bus Stud (2010) 41: 1347. doi:10.1057/jibs.2010.14


This paper is a cross-national study testing a framework relating cultural descriptive norms to entrepreneurship in a sample of 40 nations. Based on data from the Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness project, we identify two higher-order dimensions of culture – socially supportive culture (SSC) and performance-based culture (PBC) – and relate them to entrepreneurship rates and associated supply-side and demand-side variables available from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor. Findings provide strong support for a social capital/SSC and supply-side variable explanation of entrepreneurship rate. PBC predicts demand-side variables, such as opportunity existence and the quality of formal institutions to support entrepreneurship.


comparative entrepreneurship national culture GLOBE descriptive norms institutional theory social capital 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Managerial EconomicsStrategy and Innovation, Katholieke Universiteit LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.EDHEC Business SchoolFrance

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