Exploring the Evolution of Supporter Networks in the Creation of New Organizations

18 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2013

See all articles by Scott L. Newbert

Scott L. Newbert

Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College - The City University of New York

Erno T. Tornikoski

Grenoble Ecole de Management

Narda Quigley

Villanova University

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

Networks are important to entrepreneurial success. However, most research in this area to date has merely addressed the what; namely, what types of networks enable success. We seek to extend this stream of research by answering the how and the why. In so doing, we elaborate on how entrepreneurs can develop their networks, arguing that in order to create new organizations, nascent entrepreneurs must acquire resources from an increasingly diverse set of relatively stronger and weaker ties throughout the emergence phase. We then hypothesize why this evolutionary path is effective across the various dimensions of tie strength. Analyzing data from the Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics I (PSED I) with multilevel random coefficient growth curve modeling, we find strong support for our hypotheses. We conclude by discussing the implications of our findings for both academics and practitioners.

Keywords: Nascent entrepreneurs, Organizational emergence, Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics, Supporter networks, Tie strength

JEL Classification: M13

Suggested Citation

Newbert, Scott L. and Tornikoski, Erno T. and Quigley, Narda, Exploring the Evolution of Supporter Networks in the Creation of New Organizations (2013). Journal of Business Venturing, Vol. 28, No. 2, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2284811

Scott L. Newbert

Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College - The City University of New York ( email )

NY
United States

Erno T. Tornikoski (Contact Author)

Grenoble Ecole de Management ( email )

12 rue Pierre Sémard
Grenoble Cedex, 38003
France

Narda Quigley

Villanova University ( email )

Villanova, PA 19085
United States

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
42
Abstract Views
322
PlumX Metrics