Entrepreneurial Ideation and Organizational Performance: Imprinting Effects
Charles E. Eesley
Stanford University - Management Science & Engineering
David H. Hsu
University of Pennsylvania - Management Department
Edward B. Roberts
Founder/Chair, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
January 6, 2014
How does the relationship between the organizational context for venture idea formation and venture performance depend on the venture’s founding team and business environment? Using data from a survey of 2,067 firms, we show that venture ideas emerging from research lab contexts are imprinted in a way that is better aligned with a cooperative commercialization environment. Ideas from industry contexts are aligned with a competitive commercialization environment. We contribute to prior work by showing that imprinting can come both from how a venture idea interacts with the business environment and how those ideas interact with the type of founder.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 44
Keywords: entrepreneurship, imprinting, business environment, ideation, venture performance
Date posted: January 6, 2014
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