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Venturing into New Territory: Career Experiences of Corporate Venture Capital Managers and Practice Variation

53 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2011  

Vibha Gaba

INSEAD Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise

Gina Dokko

University of California, Davis

Date Written: December 8, 2011

Abstract

When organizations adopt new practices, the practices are often modified to fit the new context. We argue that managers who implement new practices modify them, and that the extent of practice variation is determined by these managers’ career experience with the practice itself, and career experience that enables fit assessment between the practice and the adopting firm. We test these arguments by observing information technology firms’ modification of venture capital practices within corporate venture capital units. This study contributes to diffusion research by developing and testing a framework for understanding the role of individuals in practice variation.  

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Gaba, Vibha and Dokko, Gina, Venturing into New Territory: Career Experiences of Corporate Venture Capital Managers and Practice Variation (December 8, 2011). INSEAD Working Paper No. 2011/82/OB. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1969861 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1969861

Vibha Gaba (Contact Author)

INSEAD Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise ( email )

Finance area, Boulevard de Constance
Fontainebleau 77305
France

Gina Dokko

University of California, Davis ( email )

One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
United States

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