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Entrepreneurship: what triggers it?

Alison Morrison (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland)

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research

ISSN: 1355-2554

Article publication date: 1 April 2000



It is apparent that there exists no such thing as one identifiable and universal entrepreneurial culture. Furthermore, the key to initiating the process of entrepreneurship lies within the individual members of society, and the degree to which a spirit of enterprise exists, or can be stimulated. The key question is, what triggers the release of this invaluable enterprising spirit? This paper seeks to make a small contribution towards an explanation by focusing on one aspect – the relationship of certain cultural and societal factors. It is argued that there is a significant relationship between entrepreneurship and cultural specificity. This has been progressed through a cross‐country study that involved Australia, Slovenia, Mexico, North America, Finland, Scotland, South Africa and Kenya. Following a review of the variables that contribute to culture in general and entrepreneurial culture in particular, a sample of findings from the study are integrated to illustrate key categories of analysis. The aim is to instigate a shift in thinking from universal generalisations relative to entrepreneurship, to a deeper understanding of the symbiotic relationship between entrepreneurship and culture.



Morrison, A. (2000), "Entrepreneurship: what triggers it?", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Vol. 6 No. 2, pp. 59-71.




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