Corporate religiosity and individual decision on conducting entrepreneurial activity: The contingent effects of institutional environments in China

Feng Zhang, Haina Zhang (Corresponding Author), Geoffrey G Bell

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This study draws on the institutional void and institutional support perspectives to examine the contingent effect of institutional environments on the relationship between corporate religiosity and individual entrepreneurial activity in the context of emerging markets. We employ a composite dataset that covers 7109 individuals in 69 major cities across 25 provinces in China. Our study provides convincing evidence that individuals with strong corporate religiosity may be disinclined to conduct entrepreneurial activity in corrupted markets, but are more likely to engage in entrepreneurship in well-developed markets (ones characterized by high levels of marketization). This study displays the interplay of both institutional void and institutional support with corporate religiosity in shaping individual behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-24
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Management
Early online date16 Sep 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Sep 2019



  • Entrepreneurial activity
  • Corporate religiosity
  • Corruption
  • Marketization
  • China

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