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The influence of national culture on entrepreneurial processes: a comparison between Vietnam and the Netherlands

Ham, Ronald Arthur van den (2012) The influence of national culture on entrepreneurial processes: a comparison between Vietnam and the Netherlands.

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Abstract:With a predominant use of causational logic in education, and therefore predominantly used by managers and MBA students alike, the emergence of the theory of effectuation shed new light on entrepreneurial processes. Effectuation, as part of the ‘school of learning’ lacks empirical evidence of the influence of national culture on effectuation. In this thesis I contribute to filling this gap by making a comparison between Dutch and Vietnamese novice entrepreneurs, and analyzing if differences in the use of effectual logic can be explained by differences in their national culture. In this study the Think Aloud method was used to collect data of 17 Vietnamese and 17 Dutch novice entrepreneurs who are all related to an university in respectively Hanoi and Enschede. To code the collected protocols, a coding scheme based on the work of Sarasvathy (2001) was used. The findings contribute to theory for providing empirical evidence. Furthermore, they enrich practice by showing that national culture is a factor which influences the extent of use of effectual and causal logic. Results showed significant differences on six out of twelve elements of effectuation. As expected, the Dutch novice entrepreneurs were more focused on effectual logic as their Vietnamese counterparts which has implications for education, consulting, and doing business in which national culture is a factor to be aware of.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/61730
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