Knowledge Acquisition and the Foreign Development of High-Tech Start-Ups: A Social Capital Approach

International Business Review, Vol. 16, pp. 23-46, 2007

24 Pages Posted: 7 Apr 2011 Last revised: 17 Apr 2011

See all articles by Manuela Presutti

Manuela Presutti

University of Bologna - Department of Management

Cristina Boari

University of Bologna - Department of Economics

Luciano Fratocchi

University of L’Aquila

Date Written: April 4, 2011

Abstract

In this paper, we use social capital theory to discuss the growth of "international new ventures", aiming to verify whether or not social capital may be considered as a critical source of knowledge acquisition abroad. We analyse social capital embedded in vertical relationships between global hightech start-ups and their largest single foreign customer. Our findings confirm that while the structural dimension of social capital is positively associated with greater knowledge acquisition, both relational and cognitive dimensions are negatively linked to knowledge acquisition.

Keywords: Social capital, Start-up, Born global, Knowledge acquisition, Knowledge exploitation, Foreign development

JEL Classification: M13

Suggested Citation

Presutti, Manuela and Boari, Cristina and Fratocchi, Luciano, Knowledge Acquisition and the Foreign Development of High-Tech Start-Ups: A Social Capital Approach (April 4, 2011). International Business Review, Vol. 16, pp. 23-46, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1802410

Manuela Presutti (Contact Author)

University of Bologna - Department of Management ( email )

Bologna
Italy

Cristina Boari

University of Bologna - Department of Economics ( email )

Strada Maggiore 45
Bologna, 40125
Italy

Luciano Fratocchi

University of L’Aquila ( email )

Località Monteluco di Roio, 67040
L’Aquila
Italy

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
77
Abstract Views
554
rank
392,562
PlumX Metrics