Adm. Sci. 2013, 3(4), 266-289; doi:10.3390/admsci3040266
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An Institutional Perspective on Business Planning Activities for Nascent Entrepreneurs in Sweden and the US

1 Degroote School of Business, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON L8S4M4, Canada 2 Department of Managing Organisational Renewal and Entrepreneurship (MORE), Chalmers University, Vera Sandbergs Allé 8: 4 vån, Gothenburg 41296, Sweden
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Received: 27 September 2013; in revised form: 16 November 2013 / Accepted: 18 November 2013 / Published: 21 November 2013
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Abstract: We compared nascent characteristics and behaviors leading to business planning activities in Sweden with the United States (US), examining the effects of institutional pressures exerted in the different countries. We analyzed institutional factors leading 362 Swedish and 347 US entrepreneurs to write plans during a two-year period. We show that national cultures moderate how institutional pressures influence nascent behaviors, questioning generic applications of institutional theory. We found business planning behaviors moderated by nationality, showing significant and negative effects for business classes in the US. Implications are drawn for institutional theory and the study of nascent businesses, as well as for normative business planning literature and practice of nascent businesses.
Keywords: institutional theory; cross national entrepreneurship; business planning

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Honig, B.; Karlsson, T. An Institutional Perspective on Business Planning Activities for Nascent Entrepreneurs in Sweden and the US. Adm. Sci. 2013, 3, 266-289.

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Honig B, Karlsson T. An Institutional Perspective on Business Planning Activities for Nascent Entrepreneurs in Sweden and the US. Administrative Sciences. 2013; 3(4):266-289.

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Honig, Benson; Karlsson, Tomas. 2013. "An Institutional Perspective on Business Planning Activities for Nascent Entrepreneurs in Sweden and the US." Adm. Sci. 3, no. 4: 266-289.

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