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Title:The state and entrepreneurship in China: Essays from institutional and contingency perspectives
Author(s):Wei, Yifan
Director of Research:Love, E. Geoffrey; Cheng, Joseph
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Love, E. Geoffrey
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Kraatz, Matthew S.; Yao, Fiona Kun; Leblebici, Huseyin
Department / Program:Business Administration
Discipline:Business Administration
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):entrepreneurship, the state, institutional perspective
Abstract:In this dissertation, I investigate the role of the state in entrepreneurship from an institutional lens. I suggest that simply viewing the state as a positive or negative factor is limiting and less than helpful in improving our understanding of the mechanisms through which entrepreneurial activities rise or fall. My dissertation takes a contingency approach and test my claims by studying the booming entrepreneurial activities in China where the state has been widely acknowledged as a strong one. In the first study, I examine institutional level contingencies of state actions that are designed to facilitate entrepreneurship. I find more developed market and more academic institutions in a province will strengthen the effect of the provision of public and social services by the provincial government on the growth of private enterprise founding rates in the province. My second study examines individual-level contingencies of the influence of government corruption on entrepreneurial firm performance. I find corruption will have a more positive effect on the performance of entrepreneurial firms founded by entrepreneurs with a transactional mindset relative to those with a principled mindset. There is also evidence that corruption has a more positive effect on the performance of entrepreneurial firms founded by entrepreneurs with more social capital. This dissertation provides a basis upon which future research on the relationship between the state and entrepreneurship can build.
Issue Date:2018-12-06
Rights Information:Copyright 2018 Yifan Wei
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-02-08
Date Deposited:2018-12

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