Entrepreneurship and regional culture: The case of Hamamatsu and Kyoto, Japan
AOYAMA Y. Entrepreneurship and regional culture: the case of Hamamatsu and Kyoto, Japan, Regional Studies. Successful entrepreneurship today must respond to the demands from global market forces. Yet, simultaneously, entrepreneurs must also respond to local social contexts, shaped by historical and regional economic conditions. This paper illustrates how regional culture plays an important role in shaping entrepreneurship, even in a new economic sector. By taking two 'entrepreneurial regions' of Japan, Hamamatsu and Kyoto, it is shown how historical legacy and lead firms strongly influence business practices of information technology entrepreneurs. Results of this qualitative research show how entrepreneurship is an integral aspect of evolving and complex regional systems. © 2009 Regional Studies Association.
Yuko, Aoyama, "Entrepreneurship and regional culture: The case of Hamamatsu and Kyoto, Japan" (2009). Geography. 834.