Understanding the Influence of Institutional Dimensions on Entrepreneurship Phenomenon

Student thesis: Doctoral thesis


The institutional perspective highlights the relevance of the social context within which human behavior occurs and organizations operate. Entrepreneurship is not excluding from this social context, and prior literature has demonstrated that institutional dimensions (regulative, normative, and cultural-cognitive) influence entrepreneurial activity across countries. Our literature review shows the necessity of in-depth evaluation of the institutional dimensions' influence on entrepreneurship phenomenon, especially to understand the normative and cultural-cognitive ones. Likewise, we claim more studies that analyze the interaction (moderation and mediation) between the three dimensions and their effect on entrepreneurship. Also, it is needed to find differences in the impact of the institutional dimensions in different economic sectors and for different types of entrepreneurship and different stages in the entrepreneurial process. Consequently, the main objective of this research is to analyze the institutional dimensions as determinants of different types and stages of the entrepreneurial process, focusing on the interactions between the dimensions and their implications. We mainly follow a quantitative methodology, and in the last empirical chapter, we integrate mixed methods to overcome some of the limitations regarding each approach. The main findings demonstrate the importance of evaluating the institutional dimensions for specific types of entrepreneurs (e. g. , opportunity and necessity, high technology, social entrepreneurs, female entrepreneurship) in different stages of the process. We show the relevance of the three institutional dimensions, highlighting the role that the cultural-cognitive dimension plays. Moreover, stand on multiple samples and important databases, the findings suggest relevant understanding regarding how institutions interact considering measures on both country and individual level. Based on the empirical evidence, we provide valuable insights both at the academic and public policy levels to continue advancing with understanding entrepreneurial activity, how the context determines it and the best way to provide support. More precisely, we show the necessity of targeted e
Date of Award13 Dec 2021
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorDavid Urbano Pulido (Director) & Claudia Patricia Alvarez Barrera (Director)

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