Papers in Innovation Studies, CIRCLE, Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy, Lund University
The Formation of Local Culture and its Implications for Entrepreneurship
() and Marina Jogmark
Abstract: This paper examines how industrial legacy leads to the
formation of a distinct local culture and how the culture’s survival
influences subsequent entrepreneurial activities in new local industries.
The discussion about culture as a key driver of entrepreneurship and
regional economic growth is well established in the academic debate.
However, we know little about how an entrepreneurial culture is formed.
Through a qualitative case study of two polar Swedish cities, the study
highlights four key factors which are instrumental in the formation of
local culture: initial conditions, characteristics of key players, network
activities and composition of newcomers. Drawing on in-depth interviews
with entrepreneurs and other local actors, we show how the local
entrepreneurs responded to the underlying assumptions of the two different
cultures. The study also highlights how two distinct culture did emerge in
neighbouring cities within the same region and suggests that further
insights might be gained through an additional new level of analysis when
studying entrepreneurial culture.
Keywords: culture; entrepreneurship; economic development; social networks; regions; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: A13; O18; (follow links to similar papers)
23 pages, October 22, 2015
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