Culture values and entrepreneurial innovativeness: A comparative study of Malaysian ethnic entrepreneurs

Tehseen, Shehnaz * and Deng, P. and Wu, B. and Gao, Y. (2021) Culture values and entrepreneurial innovativeness: A comparative study of Malaysian ethnic entrepreneurs. Journal of Small Business Management. pp. 1-34. ISSN 0047-2778

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Countries are often characterized with a diverse set of subcultures, exerting different impacts on innovation among different ethnic groups. This article comparatively analyzes how national culture, as measured by Hofstede's six cultural values, influences the entrepreneurial innovativeness (EI) of three Malaysian ethnic firms (Malaysian Chinese, Indian, and Malays). Based on a systematic investigation of survey data of 450 small to medium-sized firms (SMEs), we find positive influences of indulgence, collectivism, and low power distance on EI among the three ethnic entrepreneurs in Malaysia. Our study also finds that three other cultural values have a differential impact on Malaysia’s ethnic groups. While long-term orientation exerts a significant impact on Malaysian Chinese, masculinity and low uncertainty avoidance have significant but (surprisingly) opposite impacts on the three ethnic entrepreneurs. These similar and different impacts of cultural values on EI among different ethnic groups generates significant theoretical and practical implications.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: National culture; entrepreneurial innovativeness (EI); Hofstede’s cultural dimensions; Malaysian ethnic entrepreneurs; uncertainty avoidance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions: Others > Non Sunway Academics
Sunway University > Sunway Business School [formerly Sunway University Business School until 2023] > Dept. Management
Depositing User: Dr Janaki Sinnasamy
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Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2021 09:29
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2021 09:29

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