Organizational Social Capital, Formalization, and Internal Knowledge Sharing in Entrepreneurial Orientation Formation

33 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2013

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Dirk De Clerq

Brock University - Faculty of Business

Dimo Dimov

University of Bath

Narongsak (Tek) Thongpapanl

Brock University - Goodman School of Business

Date Written: May 2013

Abstract

This study considers the mediating role of internal knowledge sharing in the relationship between two critical aspects of organizational social capital (trust and goal congruence) and entrepreneurial orientation (EO), as well as how this role might be moderated by the firm's level of formalization. It shows that higher levels of internal knowledge sharing relate to stronger EO, and such knowledge sharing in turn results from higher levels of trust and goal congruence. This study further provides a nuanced picture of the role of formalization in this process. The authors discuss both the study's implications and future research directions.

Suggested Citation

De Clercq, Dirk and Dimov, Dimo and Thongpapanl, Narongsak (Tek), Organizational Social Capital, Formalization, and Internal Knowledge Sharing in Entrepreneurial Orientation Formation (May 2013). Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Vol. 37, Issue 3, pp. 505-537, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2253125 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/etap.12021

Dirk De Clercq (Contact Author)

Brock University - Faculty of Business ( email )

St. Catharines, Ontario L2S 3A1
Canada

Dimo Dimov

University of Bath ( email )

Claverton Down
Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://dimodimov.me

Narongsak (Tek) Thongpapanl

Brock University - Goodman School of Business ( email )

500 Glenridge Avenue
International Business and Strategy
St. Catherine's, Ontario L2S 3A1
Canada

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