Cultural roots of economic performance: A research noteA
Article first published online: 16 FEB 2007
Copyright © 1991 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Strategic Management Journal
Special Issue: Special Issue
Volume 12, Issue S1, pages 165–173, Summer 1991
How to Cite
Franke, R. H., Hofstede, G. and Bond, M. H. (1991), Cultural roots of economic performance: A research noteA. Strat. Mgmt. J., 12: 165–173. doi: 10.1002/smj.4250120912
- Issue published online: 16 FEB 2007
- Article first published online: 16 FEB 2007
Cultural values, measured from Western and Eastern perspectives, are factors in economic performance which explain more than half the cross-national variance in economic growth over two periods for samples of 18 and 20 nations. Performance seems facilitated by ‘Confucian dynamism’—stressing thrift, perseverance, and hierarchical relatedness, but not traditions impeding innovation. Cultural ‘individualism’ seems a liability, while the propensity for work in cohesive groups is an asset for economic performance. With business becoming more international, effective strategic management requires accounting for fundamental national differences such as those of culture identified in this study.