Attitudes towards and perceptions of entrepreneurs in Central Eastern Europe (Poland, the Czech Republic, and East-Germany)

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This paper explores attitudes and perceptions towards entrepreneurs in three Central Eastern European (CEE) countries undergoing transition from planned to market-based economic systems. Entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) play a critical role in this transformation process. Study one examines whether governments and general public are perceived as supportive of entrepreneurs. Such perceptions might eventually increase the number of entrepreneurs as it would be seen as a legitimate career choice (cf. Etzioni, 1987). Study two explores whether the concept ‘entrepreneur’ is interpreted in the same way in the three cultures using a student sample. Cross-cultural aspects and support measures for entrepreneurship are discussed.

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Publication date2007
Publication titlePerspectives and progress in contemporary cross-cultural psychology : selected papers from the seventeenth International Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology
EditorsGang Zheng, Kwok Leung, John G. Adair
Place of PublicationBejing (CN)
Pages173-192
Number of pages20
EditionOnline ed.
Original languageEnglish
Event17th International Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology - Xi'an, China
Duration: 2 Aug 20046 Aug 2004

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Congress17th International Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology
CountryChina
CityXi'an
Period2/08/046/08/04

    Keywords

  • entrepreneurship, culture, perceptions, concept-mapping, Central and Eastern Europe, transition economies

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