Time to be innovative, Hong Kong: Time orientation, creativity, and entrepreneurial activities

Marta DOWEJKO, Kevin Au, Yingzhao Xiao

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Based on the general argument that culture plays a key role in linking creativity to innovation, this chapter provides a cultural explanation toward the innovation paradox in Hong Kong-high in creativity but low in innovation. Specifically, we explore how time orientation, as a less explored cultural dimension, could affect Hong Kong’s social norms and collective behaviors in translating creative potentials into viable innovations for business. Through an in-depth indigenous study on its entrepreneurial activities and ecosystem, we explicate the consequences of time orientation on the situation of crouching innovation in Hong Kong. This chapter concludes with suggestions to turn the vicious cycle of innovation into a virtuous cycle by igniting the self-propelling innovation process in the society.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Culture and Creativity
Subtitle of host publicationBasic Processes and Applied Innovations
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9780190455705
ISBN (Print)9780190455675, 9780190455682
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameFrontiers in culture and psychology

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Psychology(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Creativity
  • Culture
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Hong Kong
  • Innovation
  • Time orientation


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