Supporter Networks and Network Growth: A Contingency Model of Organizational Emergence
Posted: 14 Oct 2011
Date Written: September 6, 2010
Despite the belief that networks are essential to entrepreneurial success, very few studies consider the role of networks in the founding of new organizations. In response, we test the direct and interactive effects of the characteristics of nascent entrepreneurs’ supporter networks and network growth on organizational emergence. We find that the governance and content of the supporter network, along with network growth, are important in predicting organizational emergence, and the structure and content of the supporter network may inform the need for network growth. We conclude by discussing the implications of our findings for academics and practitioners.
Keywords: network growth, Nascent entrepreneurs, organizational emergence, PSED
JEL Classification: D85, L26
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