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When does Christian religion matter for entrepreneurial activity?: the contingent effect of a country’s investments into knowledge

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>08/2015
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Business Ethics
Issue number2
Number of pages19
Pages (from-to)447-465
Early online date13/06/14
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This study furthers scholarship on the religion-entrepreneurship link by proposing that (1) aspects of a country’s religious profile impact individual entrepreneurial activity differently and (2) that a country’s level of investments in knowledge serves as a contingency factor in this milieu. Our cross-level analyses of data from 9,266 individuals and 27 predominantly Christian countries support the second, but not the first suggestion. The study contributes to a more nuanced understanding of religion’s role for entrepreneurship and bridges the literatures on religion and knowledge-based entrepreneurship. Furthermore, the study provides evidence of the effects of religion above and beyond the effects of national culture.

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The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-014-2239-z