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Hofstede’s Cultural Indicators, Knowledge Economy and Entrepreneurship in Arab Countries

Driouchi, Ahmed and Gamar, Alae (2014): Hofstede’s Cultural Indicators, Knowledge Economy and Entrepreneurship in Arab Countries.

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Abstract

Abstract: This paper looks at the links between cultural variables, knowledge indices and entrepreneurship in Arab countries. It uses the Hofstede’s cultural dimensions and World Bank data to show how these variables are connected. The outputs from Arab countries are also compared to those from the Eastern European economies. The outcomes do clearly indicate the existence of links between cultural dimensions, access to knowledge and enterprise creation with of a gap between Arab and Eastern European Economies. The results show also that entrepreneurship is linked to cultural variables in Arab countries. This implies that further economic and social policies are needed to ensure the promotion of the culture of the knowledge economy and entrepreneurship in Arab countries.

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