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Entrepreneurs’ individual-level resources and social value creation goals: The moderating role of cultural context

Steven A. Brieger (Department of Business and Management, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK) (Center for Leadership and Values in Society, University of St Gallen, St Gallen, Switzerland)
Dirk De Clercq (Brock University Goodman School of Business, St Catharines, Canada)

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research

ISSN: 1355-2554

Article publication date: 3 August 2018

Issue publication date: 18 February 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide a better understanding of how the interplay of individual-level resources and culture affects entrepreneurs’ propensity to adopt social value creation goals.

Design/methodology/approach

Using a sample of 12,685 entrepreneurs in 35 countries from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, it investigates the main effects of individual-level resources – measured as financial, human and social capital – on social value creation goals, as well as the moderating effects of the cultural context in which the respective entrepreneur is embedded, on the relationship between individual-level resources and social value creation goals.

Findings

Drawing on the resource-based perspective and Hofstede’s cultural values framework, the results offer empirical evidence that individual-level resources are relevant for predicting the extent to which entrepreneurs emphasise social goals for their business. Furthermore, culture influences the way entrepreneurs allocate their resources towards social value creation.

Originality/value

The study sheds new light on how entrepreneurs’ individual resources influence their willingness to create social value. Moreover, by focussing on the role of culture in the relationship between individual-level resources and social value creation goals, it contributes to social entrepreneurship literature, which has devoted little attention to the interplay of individual characteristics and culture.

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Citation

Brieger, S.A. and De Clercq, D. (2019), "Entrepreneurs’ individual-level resources and social value creation goals: The moderating role of cultural context", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Vol. 25 No. 2, pp. 193-216. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-12-2017-0503

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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