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"Confucian" traits, entrepreneurial personality, and entrepreneurship in China: a regional analysis
Martin Obschonka1; Mingjie Zhou2,3; Yixin Zhou &4; Jianxin Zhang2,3; Rainer K. Silbereisen5
First AuthorMartin Obschonka
2019
Source PublicationSmall Bus Econ
Correspondent Emailzhoumj@psych.ac.cn
ISSN0921-898X
SubtypeArticle
Volume53Pages:961–979
Contribution Rank2
Abstract

Regional personality differences have been linked to regional entrepreneurship in Western countries. Here, we offer a first analysis of the relationship between regional personality and manifest and latent entrepreneurship in China. Because Western research has highlighted the role of an entrepreneurial constellation of the Big Five traits, we compare region-level correlates of Big Five scores with corresponding correlates of indigenous BConfucian^ traits, interpersonal relatedness, and its subfacets traditionalism, Renqing, face, discipline, and harmony. We utilize personality data collected from a representative sample (N=26,405) of 44 major Chinese cities.We find substantial, meaningful, and robust negative correlations of interpersonal relatedness and its sub-facet traditionalism, face, and discipline with indicators of both manifest entrepreneurship (e.g., rate of newly registered individually owned businesses) and latent entrepreneurship (e.g., number of entrepreneurship-related search queries in the leading Chinese internet search engine: Baidu.com ). Robustness checks using the geographical

distance to the Forbidden City in Beijing as an exogenous instrument for regional BConfucian^ traits supported our findings. In contrast, regional levels in the Big Five traits and in an entrepreneurial Big Five profile were rather irrelevant (e.g., openness was negatively associated with indicators of manifest entrepreneurship). Our study indicates the usefulness of an indigenous personality approach in the study of entrepreneurship in China. The present results give rise to the idea that in populations in China with less emphasis on traditional Confucian values and norms, the development of an active entrepreneurial culture is more accelerated.

KeywordChina Entrepreneurship Personality Confucianism Big Five Traits Regions Cities
DOI10.1007/s11187-018-0103-8
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/30422
Collection健康与遗传心理学研究室
Affiliation1.Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
2.Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
3.Department of Psychology, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
4.Department of Media and Communication, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
5.University of Jena, Jena, Germany
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Martin Obschonka,Mingjie Zhou,Yixin Zhou &,et al. "Confucian" traits, entrepreneurial personality, and entrepreneurship in China: a regional analysis[J]. Small Bus Econ,2019,53:961–979.
APA Martin Obschonka,Mingjie Zhou,Yixin Zhou &,Jianxin Zhang,&Rainer K. Silbereisen.(2019)."Confucian" traits, entrepreneurial personality, and entrepreneurship in China: a regional analysis.Small Bus Econ,53,961–979.
MLA Martin Obschonka,et al.""Confucian" traits, entrepreneurial personality, and entrepreneurship in China: a regional analysis".Small Bus Econ 53(2019):961–979.
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