Configuring innovative societies: the crossvergent role of cultural and institutional varieties

Fan, Di, Li, Yi and Chen, Liang (2017) Configuring innovative societies: the crossvergent role of cultural and institutional varieties. Technovation, 66-67. pp. 43-56. ISSN 0166-4972

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The study aims to explore why some societies are more innovative than others in high-technology sectors. Following a crossvergence perspective, we generate nine causal conditions by accommodating both cultural and institutional varieties: uncertainty avoidance, masculinity, individualism and power distance as culture indicators, and union density, skill development, market capitalization to credit, prevalence of cluster and state dominance as institutional indicators. Applying the configurational approach, we conducted fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA) on Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member countries. We confirm the equal importance of both cultural and institutional mechanisms as contributors to national innovativeness, and identify equifinal configurations of cultural and institutional varieties as leading to a high-tech society. The implication is that a society can adjust or develop various cultural and/or institutional conditions to maintain or create leadership in innovation.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Research Centres and Groups: International Business
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Liang Chen
Date Deposited: 30 May 2017 08:26
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2017 11:40

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