Southeast Asian Culture, Human Development, and Business Competitiveness

Helen LaVan (DePaul University, USA)
Patrick J. Murphy (DePaul University, USA)

Journal of Asia Business Studies

ISSN: 1558-7894

Publication date: 1 September 2007


Competition and entrepreneurship are driving forces in the development of economic systems. They create jobs, new opportunities to generate value, and lead to the fulfillment of personal career and life goals. As such, it is important to understand the basic economic and cultural factors that influence these activities in developing economies. We undertook a series of analyses in an examination of a heterogeneous sample of economic zones in Southeast Asia. Results illustrate relations between national culture, human development, and business and growth competitiveness. Implications hold that human development and power distance are enablers of entrepreneurial activities in these cultural and national settings. Our contribution is instrumental to development of public policy and regulatory guidelines for facilitating entrepreneurial activity in the developing economies of Southeast Asia.



LaVan, H. and Murphy, P. (2007), "Southeast Asian Culture, Human Development, and Business Competitiveness", Journal of Asia Business Studies, Vol. 2 No. 1, pp. 14-22.

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