How does national culture enable or constrain entrepreneurship? Exploring the role of Harambee in Kenya

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dc.contributor.author Vershinina, Natalia en
dc.contributor.author Woldesenbet, K. en
dc.contributor.author Murithi, W. en
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-24T09:35:11Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-24T09:35:11Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Vershinina, V., Woldesenbet, K., and Murithi, W (2017) How does national culture enable or constrain entrepreneurship? Exploring the role of Harambee. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/14688
dc.description The file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link. en
dc.description.abstract The paper seeks to conceptualise how various value dimensions of Harambee, the Kenyan culture, affect the fostering of entrepreneurial behaviours. Theoretically, we draw upon perspectives that view culture as a toolkit and use cultural variables provided by Hofstede to examine the links between national culture and entrepreneurial endeavours in an African context. The paper is based on review and synthesis of accessible secondary sources (published research, country specific reports, policy documents, firm level empirical evidences, etc.,) on the topic and related areas to understand and advance research propositions on the link between enterprising efforts and national culture specific to Kenyan context. Several theoretical propositions are offered on themes of collective reliance, social responsibility, enterprising, resource mobilisation, and political philanthropy to establish relationships, both positive and negative, between values of Harambee and entrepreneurial behaviours. Further, the study provides initial insights into how actors blend both collectivistic and emergent individualistic orientations and display collective identity in the process of mobilising resources and engaging in entrepreneurship. The conceptual framework presented bears a considerable relevance to advancing theory, policy and practice associated with national culture and entrepreneurial behaviour in the African context and has potential to generate valuable insights. This original study provides a springboard for studying the relationship between African cultural context and entrepreneurial behaviours. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Emerald Insight en
dc.subject Entrepreneurship, Harambee, Kenya, National Culture, Toolkit en
dc.title How does national culture enable or constrain entrepreneurship? Exploring the role of Harambee in Kenya en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi https://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JSBED-03-2017-0143
dc.researchgroup Centre for Enterprise and Innovation (CEI) en
dc.peerreviewed Yes en
dc.funder N/A en
dc.projectid N/A en
dc.cclicence CC-BY-NC-SA en
dc.date.acceptance 2017-10-18 en


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