Intermediate state capabilities and informal entrepreneurship: A configurational perspective

Andrew Spicer, Joshua Ault

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    Abstract

    Drawing on recent "neo-configurational" theorizing in the broader management literature (Misangyi et al., 2017), we propose that the effects of national institutions on informal entrepreneurial activities are best viewed as multi- dimensional and conjunctural. To advance this institutional-configurational perspective, we conducted a fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis (fs/QCA) of the effects of institutional configurations on both the degree and type of informal labor across 129 countries. Building inductively from our analysis of the joint presence and absence of institutional capabilities across multiple domains, we propose that the presence of "intermediate state capabilities" which we define as states that possess capabilities in some institutional domains but not others moderates the relationship between informal economic activity and entrepreneurially-driven economic growth. That is, the highest levels of "growth- oriented" informal entrepreneurship are likely to occur in national contexts where the state may lack the full set of capabilities that are necessary to create a strong formal economy, but nonetheless possesses some capabilities to provide an enabling environment for more productive forms of informal entrepreneurial activity. In the discussion of our results, we explore the contribution of our configurational argument to seeing new forms of institutional heterogeneity across the developing world.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
    Event78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2018 - Chicago, United States
    Duration: Aug 10 2018Aug 14 2018

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    Other78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2018
    CountryUnited States
    CityChicago
    Period8/10/188/14/18

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Management Information Systems
    • Management of Technology and Innovation
    • Industrial relations

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    Spicer, A., & Ault, J. (2018). Intermediate state capabilities and informal entrepreneurship: A configurational perspective. Paper presented at 78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2018, Chicago, United States. https://doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2018.146