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The Role of National Culture in Hackathon Teams’ Capacity for Ideation

Marieke Funck (), Benjamin P. Krebs (), Slawa Tomin (), Bernhard A. Wach () and Rüdiger Kabst ()
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Marieke Funck: Paderborn University
Benjamin P. Krebs: Capgemini Deutschland GmbH
Slawa Tomin: Paderborn University
Bernhard A. Wach: University of Applied Sciences Munich
Rüdiger Kabst: Paderborn University

No 114, Working Papers Dissertations from Paderborn University, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics

Abstract: This study investigates the role of national culture in shaping hackathon teams’ ideation outcomes. We propose that hierarchical values decrease and intellectual autonomy and mastery increase the quality of ideas that teams develop over the course of a hackathon. Using survey data, archival data, and the pitch presentations of 284 monocultural hackathon teams from an international hackathon, we find that hierarchical cultural values are negatively associated with the quality of ideas, suggesting that hackathon teams that operate in hierarchical cultures suffer from a ‘liability of hierarchy.’ We also find that teams from societies that emphasize mastery are more likely to develop high-quality ideas, suggesting that teams from societies whose people are encouraged to master or change the natural and social environment are more successful in tackling grand challenges. Contrary to expectations, we find no relationship between intellectual autonomy and the quality of ideas.

Keywords: Comparative international entrepreneurship; hackathon teams; national culture; idea quality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L26 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 31
Date: 2023-11
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