Cultural intelligence, entrepreneurial intentions and the moderating role of the institutional environment

Endrit Kromidha, Levent Altinay, Gulsevim Kinali Madanoglu, Armiyash Nurmagambetova, Melih Madanoglu

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Purpose: Entrepreneurial intentions have traditionally been linked to an entrepreneur's personal ability to take advantage of opportunities. Yet, entrepreneurs' perceptions of contextual factors, which extend beyond one's control, deserve equal attention. This paper looks at the role played by cultural intelligence and the institutional environment in shaping entrepreneurial intentions.

Design/methodology/approach: The role played by cultural intelligence in entrepreneurial intentions and the mediating role played by the institutional environment were studied quantitatively by analyzing 224 young potential entrepreneurs who had participated in a business plan competition. This study used cross-sectional data, developing an original full collinearity assessment approach to check for any common method bias.

Findings: This study reveals a positive relationship between cultural intelligence and entrepreneurial intentions. Likewise, any favorable perceptions of the institutional environment tend to increase the probability of engaging in entrepreneurship and further strengthen the positive effect of cultural intelligence on entrepreneurial intentions.

Originality/value: This study provides a holistic view of the relationship between the entrepreneur and the context in which ventures are created, explaining the role played by cultural intelligence in entrepreneurship based on evidence drawn from a developing country. This contributes to a critical reflection on personal and environmental factors and the antecedents of entrepreneurial intentions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1581-1608
JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research
Issue number6
Early online date10 Jun 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Jun 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This project was funded by British Council, Creative Spark Partnership Fund. EV16047Q6R.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022, Emerald Publishing Limited.


  • Creativity
  • Entrepreneurial intention
  • Institutions
  • institutional theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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