Culture as a resource

Our research shows that what matters is to identify the way in which to make policies positively understood by people within a given society. In this respect, we can see “culture as a resource” for development (to paraphrase Amartya Sen).
The major role played by institutions is widely recognised today in development economics. They play a major role in encouraging investment behaviour and thus promote the accumulation processes that are necessary for economic development. Our research focuses on the way in which political cultures – in the sense of an interpretive framework – influence the implementation of management methods in companies, as well as the construction of institutions. Culture does not lead to automatic behaviour. It is also not an inert landscape before which one should apply universal recipes or “good practices”. A culture offers images and interpretive rationales by which management rules and institutional constructions take on meaning. In each culture, one thus finds cultural images and logics that give a positive meaning to rules that are conducive to economic efficiency.

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