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Network behaviours, social capital, and organisational learning in high-growth entrepreneurial firms

Hughes, Mathew, Morgan, Robert E. ORCID:, Ireland, R. Duane and Hughes, Paul 2011. Network behaviours, social capital, and organisational learning in high-growth entrepreneurial firms. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business 12 (3) , pp. 257-272. 10.1504/IJESB.2011.039006

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Despite recent conceptual and theoretical insights into social capital, little is known about the behaviours that generate social capital and how social capital influences organisational learning. The difficulty this gap creates for young entrepreneurial firms is that their managers understand little about how to strategically develop firm behaviour in an effort to create social capital, which is expected to be a powerful means for such firms to overcome their liabilities of newness. Adopting a business incubation context, we present data from UK business incubates testing relationships among network behaviours (resource sharing, shared beliefs, tolerance of incubator management, and strategic network participation), social capital (localised and externalised), and organisational learning (accelerated learning and knowledge assimilation). We find that network behaviours have contrasting effects in generating localised and externalised social capital and both types of social capital differentially influence accelerated learning and knowledge assimilation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Uncontrolled Keywords: Knowledge assimilation ; Organisational learning ; Network behaviour ; Social capital ; Business incubation ; Entrepreneurship ; UK ; United Kingdom ; High-growth firms ; Entrepreneurial firms ; Resource sharing ; Shared beliefs; Incubator management ; Strategic network participation ; Accelerated learning ; Incubators
Publisher: Inderscience
ISSN: 1476-1297
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 10:01

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