The Role of Culture on Entrepreneurship Development: Case Study: Iran

By Mehdi Abzari and Ali Safari.

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In recent years a growing awareness of the importance of entrepreneurial activity for economic development has triggered research on the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. Cross-national differences in levels of entrepreneurial activity may be explained by a wide range of economic, technological, cultural and institutional factors. In particular, differences in value systems and cultural orientations towards entrepreneurship have been argued to affect entrepreneurship. Culture has played an increasing role in demographic explanations over two past decades. For understanding the motivation of entrepreneurship behavior, it is necessary to have some knowledge of its properties as for understanding the context in which behavior occurs, having some knowledge of its properties is necessary.
This paper examines the role of culture on entrepreneurship development with reference to Iranian culture. It explains the cultural attributes of Iran and how those affect their entrepreneurial behavior. The approach for tackling the subject mainly would be literature review with content analysis in the subject area. Based on review and analyzing of existing literature and data in this area, this paper presenting a model that identifies cultural factors that most significantly being influenced on entrepreneurship development in Iran. Since the subject is newly introduced, identification and model building could be original and be used in entrepreneurship development for Iran.

Keywords: Culture, Knowledge, Iran, Entrepreneur, Behavior

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp.135-154. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.310MB).

Mehdi Abzari

Associate Professor, Management Department, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Ali Safari

Ph.D. Candidate, Management Department, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran (Islamic Republic of)

I graduated in business management in M.A. level 2 years ago and I am a Ph.D. candidate in University of Isfahan.

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