Unveiling the Founder Effect: A Conceptual Framework of Entrepreneurial Imprinting
33 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2014
Date Written: April 2014
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
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