Cross-cultural implications of linguistic future time reference and institutional uncertainty on social entrepreneurship

Hechavarría, Diana M, Brieger, Steven, Levasseur, Ludvig and Terjesen, Siri A (2022) Cross-cultural implications of linguistic future time reference and institutional uncertainty on social entrepreneurship. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. pp. 1-34. ISSN 1932-4391

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Abstract

Using a sample of 205,792 individuals in 70 countries with 39 languages, this paper presents novel empirical evidence for how a language’s future time reference, defined as the requirement that speakers mark time in the future, affects a speaker’s likelihood of engaging in social entrepreneurship. FTR subtly shapes a speaker’s temporal orientation, such that speaking a futured language (i.e., strong FTR) favors a short-term orientation which positively affects the likelihood of being a social entrepreneur. Furthermore, institutional uncertainty arising from weakly entrenched institutions moderates this relationship. Individuals who speak futured languages in contexts characterized by regulatory institutional uncertainty (weak rule of law, weak property rights, and strong corruption) are more likely to engage in social entrepreneurship. Theoretical and practical implications and future research directions are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Social entrepreneurship, Institutions, Language
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Strategy and Marketing
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Depositing User: Mx Elements Account
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2022 10:07
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2023 10:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/109352

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