Socio-spatial culture and entrepreneurship: some theoretical and empirical observations

Huggins, R. and Thompson, P. ORCID: 0000-0003-1961-7441, 2016. Socio-spatial culture and entrepreneurship: some theoretical and empirical observations. Economic Geography, 92 (3), pp. 269-300. ISSN 0013-0095

PubSub5477_Huggins.pdf - Post-print

Download (1MB) | Preview


Entrepreneurship is increasingly acknowledged as an important factor underlying uneven economic geographies. Similarly, spatial patterns of entrepreneurship are increasingly considered to relate to the nature of the culture present within particular places. However, the nature of these relationships remains relatively unexplored, and this study addresses some of the gaps through both a theoretical and empirical examination of the association between socio-spatial culture and entrepreneurship. It develops the notion of community culture, and drawing on an analysis of data from localities in Great Britain it is found that a range of dimensions of socio-spatial community culture relating to social cohesion, collective action and social rules are found to be significantly associated with local entrepreneurial activity. Generally, localities in more economically developed regions are found to display more individualistic and diverse cultures. It is concluded that the findings represent a significant challenge for policymaking in less developed localities and regions, which generally have socio-spatial cultures high in communal and collective values but low rates of entrepreneurship.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Economic Geography
Creators: Huggins, R. and Thompson, P.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2016
Volume: 92
Number: 3
ISSN: 0013-0095
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 09 Jun 2016 07:41
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2020 13:50

Actions (login required)

Edit View Edit View


Views per month over past year


Downloads per month over past year