When does Christian religion matter for entrepreneurial activity? The contingent effect of a country's investments into knowledge

P Parboteeah, S Walter, Joern Block

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Abstract

This study furthers scholarship on the religion-entrepreneurship link by proposing that (1) aspects of a country’s religious profile impact individual entrepreneurial activity differently and (2) that a country’s level of investments in knowledge serves as a contingency factor in this milieu. Our cross-level analyses of data from 9,266 individuals and 27 predominantly Christian countries support the second, but not the first suggestion. The study contributes to a more nuanced understanding of religion’s role for entrepreneurship and bridges the literatures on religion and knowledge-based entrepreneurship. Furthermore, the study provides evidence of the effects of religion above and beyond the effects of national culture.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)447-465
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Volume130
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jun 2014

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