International Journal of Entrepreneurship (Print ISSN: 1099-9264; Online ISSN: 1939-4675)


The Impact of Bicultural Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Experiences (Ksaos) on Individual Entrepreneurial Behavior: The Context of Entrepreneurial Discovery, Evaluation and Implementation

Author(s): Marwan Al-Shammari, Hussam Al Shammari

The field of entrepreneurship as a research paradigm has been growing in the past 10 years at a faster pace than ever before. The field has centred the attention mostly on two dominant constructs: Entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial activities. The lack of consensus in the research findings is attributed to many reasons, among which the individual differences are considered important. In this paper, I use the literature on biculturalism to posit that individuals with bi-cultural skills and experiences are more likely than others to trigger opportunities and thus to develop entrepreneurial behavior. Specifically, biculturals will have higher chances of opportunity recognition; more positively and less subjectively evaluate them and finally less chances of exploiting such opportunities due to institutional constraints. However, when enhanced with stronger networks and cooperation with the host country entrepreneurs, their chances of exploiting opportunities will be higher.