A Matching Theory of Entrepreneurs' Tie Formation Intentions and Initiation of Economic Exchange

52 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2010 Last revised: 15 Feb 2010

Date Written: February 9, 2010

Abstract

This study advances our understanding of network dynamics by applying matching theory to examine entrepreneurs’ intentions to add new ties to their personal network. I propose that task complementarity and social similarity are important matching criteria that influence entrepreneurs’ interpersonal tie formation intentions, and test whether good matches increase the likelihood of initiation of economic exchange ties. The novel research design using data from business cards of new people met by a panel of Indian entrepreneurs reveals effects of matching and suggests that while entrepreneurs intentionally pursue valuable connections they may be only partially accurate in their assessment of value.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship, Personal Networks, Tie Formation, India, Planned Behaviour

Suggested Citation

Vissa, Balagopal, A Matching Theory of Entrepreneurs' Tie Formation Intentions and Initiation of Economic Exchange (February 9, 2010). INSEAD Working Paper No. 2010/06/EFE. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1550086 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1550086

Balagopal Vissa (Contact Author)

INSEAD ( email )

F-77305 Fontainebleau Cedex
France

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