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Western perspectives on entrepreneurship and their sensitivity in the context of Asian cultures

Journal Article


Abstract


  • This paper explores western perspectives and discursive practices

    rooted in entrepreneurship, and argue their limited applicability in non-western

    cultures. It appears that the western entrepreneurship paradigm does not draw

    on the deep-rooted settings in society and culture of many developing

    countries. As a result, indigenous entrepreneurial realities are not well

    understood. The methods employed to transform western ideologies into other

    cultural settings were ineffective as they were not developed to be flexible to

    contextual variations. The different disciplinary perspectives and the

    reductionist approach of the western paradigm resulted in limited returns to

    entrepreneurship programmes since one disciplinary perspective can never

    handle all relevancies of entrepreneurial holism. It may be better to seek a

    context-sensitive alternative approach.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Gamage, H. R. & Wickramasinghe, A. (2012). Western perspectives on entrepreneurship and their sensitivity in the context of Asian cultures. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 17 (4), 525-537.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84868624591

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/gsbpapers/362

Number Of Pages


  • 12

Start Page


  • 525

End Page


  • 537

Volume


  • 17

Issue


  • 4

Abstract


  • This paper explores western perspectives and discursive practices

    rooted in entrepreneurship, and argue their limited applicability in non-western

    cultures. It appears that the western entrepreneurship paradigm does not draw

    on the deep-rooted settings in society and culture of many developing

    countries. As a result, indigenous entrepreneurial realities are not well

    understood. The methods employed to transform western ideologies into other

    cultural settings were ineffective as they were not developed to be flexible to

    contextual variations. The different disciplinary perspectives and the

    reductionist approach of the western paradigm resulted in limited returns to

    entrepreneurship programmes since one disciplinary perspective can never

    handle all relevancies of entrepreneurial holism. It may be better to seek a

    context-sensitive alternative approach.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Gamage, H. R. & Wickramasinghe, A. (2012). Western perspectives on entrepreneurship and their sensitivity in the context of Asian cultures. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 17 (4), 525-537.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84868624591

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/gsbpapers/362

Number Of Pages


  • 12

Start Page


  • 525

End Page


  • 537

Volume


  • 17

Issue


  • 4