Individual Perceptions of Institutional Uncertainty: Evidence from India


  • Elizabeth L. Rose Fellow, Academy of International Business; Indian Institute of Management Udaipur, India
  • Nandini Lahiri American University



The nature of a location’s institutional environment affects businesses and individual citizens, and the extent to which people trust institutions may affect regulatory compliance. We investigate institutional trust among three groups in India: founders of entrepreneurial ventures, second (or later) generation managers of family firms, and salaried employees. Rather than treating the institutional environment as monolithic, we consider six components that represent policy, implementation, and security: central and state governments, bureaucracy, judiciary, army, and police. Based on large-scale, questionnaire-based data, we find evidence that the antecedents of trust differ across both the three groups of respondents and the six aspects of the institutional environment.

Institutional environment, entrepreneurs, family firms, India, emerging markets, trust, optimism, uncertainty

Author Biographies

Elizabeth L. Rose, Fellow, Academy of International Business; Indian Institute of Management Udaipur, India

Elizabeth L. Rose (PhD, University of Michigan) is Research Chair Professor of Business Policy and Strategy at the Indian Institute of Management Udaipur. She is Fellow and past Vice-President of Academy of International Business (AIB), founding Chair of the AIB’s Australia and New Zealand (now Oceania) Chapter, and former President of the Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy and the Association of Japanese Business Studies. She was also Chair of the Strategic Management Society’s Global Strategy Interest Group and the Academy of Management’s International Management Division. She is currently Co-Editor of the Academy of Management’s newest journal – Academy of Management Collections – and is a member of the incoming editorial team for the Journal of International Business Studies. Her previous academic appointments have been in the U.K., New Zealand, Finland, and the U.S. She has published extensively in top-tier journals, and her research interests include firms’ internationalization, competition across borders, the internationalization of services and of SMEs from developing and emerging countries.

Nandini Lahiri, American University

Nandini Lahiri (PhD, University of Michigan) is Associate Professor of Management at the Kogod School of Business at American University. Her research lies at the intersection of strategy, international business and technology. She studies the implications of geographic and vertical scope of firms in the context of alliances, R&D and innovation. Her research has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, and Journal of International Business Studies. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, and Global Strategy Journal. Her dissertation won the Business Policy and Strategy Best Dissertation Award at the Academy of Management.


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How to Cite

Rose, E. L., & Lahiri, N. (2022). Individual Perceptions of Institutional Uncertainty: Evidence from India. Journal of Comparative International Management, 25(1), 30–60.



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