Journal of International Business Studies

, Volume 44, Issue 4, pp 334–362 | Cite as

Consequences of cultural practices for entrepreneurial behaviors

  • Erkko Autio
  • Saurav Pathak
  • Karl Wennberg


Although national culture is an important regulator of entrepreneurship, there is a dearth of studies that: (1) explore the effects of national cultural practices on entrepreneurial behaviors by individuals; (2) use appropriate multilevel research designs; (3) consider the effects of culture on different entrepreneurial behaviors, such as entry and post-entry growth aspirations. We combined Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) and Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness (GLOBE) data from 42 countries for 2005–2008 to address these gaps, using a multilevel design. We found societal institutional collectivism practices negatively associated with entrepreneurial entry, but positively associated with entrepreneurial growth aspirations. Uncertainty avoidance practices were negatively associated with entry but not with growth aspirations, and performance orientation practices were positively associated with entry. Our analysis highlights the differential effects of cultural practices on entrepreneurial entry and growth aspirations, and demonstrates the value of multilevel techniques in analyzing the effect of culture on entrepreneurship.


cross-cultural research/measurement issues multilevel analysis local entrepreneurial behaviors 



We wish to thank the seminar participants at the Stockholm School of Economics, the 4th Global Entrepreneurship Research Conference held at Imperial College Business School, Patric Andersson, and Emre Yildiz for their comments and suggestions. We are especially grateful for the thoughtful and thorough comments provided by the special issue associate editor Mark F. Peterson and the three anonymous referees. Financial support from QinetiQ, EPSRC, and the Swedish Research Council is also gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Erkko Autio
    • 1
  • Saurav Pathak
    • 2
  • Karl Wennberg
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Imperial College Business SchoolLondonUK
  2. 2.School of Business and Economics, Michigan Technological UniversityHoughtonUSA
  3. 3.Stockholm School of EconomicsStockholmSweden
  4. 4.The Ratio InstituteStockholmSweden

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