Venturing into New Territory: Career Experiences of Corporate Venture Capital Managers and Practice Variation
53 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2011
Date Written: December 8, 2011
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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