English title: Does the societal culture benefit to the innovation: Some patterns from the European countries

Author(s): Anneli Kaasa - Maaja Vadi -

Language: English

Type: Conference paper/poster

Year: 2008


Culture is deemed as crucial ground for innovation in various respects. The aim of this paper is to explore the relationships between different culture dimensions introduced by Hofstede (2001) and innovation initiation capability measured by the numbers of patent applications using the sample of European countries at the regional level. As a novelty, instead using Hofstede’s original index scores the measures of culture dimensions are based on European Social Survey (ESS). We have learned that to be successful in patenting a region should have power distance, uncertainty avoidance, family-related collectivism (as an opposite to friends-related and organisations-related collectivism) and masculinity lower than on average. In addition, abovementioned negative relationships between these culture dimensions and patenting are stronger in case of higher patenting intensity. However, culture solely does not serve as a guarantee for high patenting intensity

Conference name: 10th bi-annual conference of European Association of Comparative Economic Studies (EACES)

Location: Moscow

Start date: Aug 28, 2008

Type: Paper

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