On the afternoon of June 28, 2019, Professor Sonja Opper of the International Economics of School of Economics and Management at the Lund University, delivered a lecture on Culture and Chinese Entrepreneurship.
Professor Opper’s work focuses on explanations of institutional change, the interplay between networks and institutions and social heuristics of strategic decisions.
She began her lecture by raising the question: “Do local cultures display robust development trajectories?” Based on her long-term observations and studies, Professor Opper found that there is a large regional disparity of Chinese enterprises in number and distribution, and that disparity has actually appeared much earlier than the reform and opening up of China in 1978, dating to the Ming and Qing dynasties when the Yangtze River Delta had already shown higher commercial level than other places. According to provincial data analysis, she explained the regional disparity of entrepreneurship from a cultural perspective. She concluded, “From the late Holocene (9,000 to 2,000BC) to present times, provinces rich in early products of cultural development have maintained their advantage throughout history and the quality of local cultures is particularly important in explaining organizational innovation.”