Unveiling the Founder Effect: A Conceptual Framework of Entrepreneurial Imprinting

33 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2014

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Vladi Finotto

Ca Foscari University of Venice - Department of Management

Anna Moretti

Ca Foscari University of Venice - Department of Management

Date Written: April 2014

Abstract

Literature in strategy and entrepreneurship resorted to the concept of imprinting to explain the resilience of firms’ traits. Nonetheless, it assumed such a process is at work rather than indulging in its explanation. This article advances a conceptual framework based on an original definition of the imprints and on a dynamic view of the mechanisms pinpointing the replication, substitution, and re-negotiation of imprints in time. In particular, we identify entrepreneurs’ cognitive frames as what gets stamped on organizations. Moreover, we build a conceptual model based on resource mobilization, emphasizing the role of agency and politics in entrepreneurial imprinting.

Keywords: Imprinting, cognitive frame, dynamic, agency

JEL Classification: L26, D21

Suggested Citation

Finotto, Vladi and Moretti, Anna, Unveiling the Founder Effect: A Conceptual Framework of Entrepreneurial Imprinting (April 2014). Department of Management, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia Working Paper No. 2014/7, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2423466

Vladi Finotto

Ca Foscari University of Venice - Department of Management ( email )

San Giobbe, Cannaregio 873
Venice, 30121
Italy

Anna Moretti (Contact Author)

Ca Foscari University of Venice - Department of Management ( email )

San Giobbe, Cannaregio 873
Venice, 30121
Italy

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