Exploring the effects of network configurations on entrepreneurial orientation and firm performance: an empirical study of new ventures and small firms
2010 (English)In: Annals of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, ISSN 2000-7396, E-ISSN 2000-7396, Vol. 1, no 1, 1-13 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Prior studies have suggested that networks are important for new ventures and small firms as a provider of access to entrepreneurial opportunities and as a tool to increase firm performance. Although the strategic value of networks on a general level is undisputed, one major shortcoming of prior studies has been to evaluate the effects of specific network configurations. Moreover, small firms have all too often been treated as a homogeneous group, expected to reveal similar needs and patterns of behavior. The purpose of this explorative study was therefore to examine the effects of different network configurations on entrepreneurial orientation (EO) and performance for two categories of small firms - new ventures and established small firms. The results were achieved by using empirical data from two independent samples of new ventures (n=171) and small firms (n=291) and show that network relationships have quite different effects in the two samples. While networking is overall positively linked to EO and performance for small firms, no positive effect from networking is evidenced for new ventures' EO and performance. For both samples, we found a strong link between EO and performance. This paper concludes with a discussion on the results and suggestions for future research.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 1, no 1, 1-13 p.
fasteass, Industrial engineering and economy - Industrial organisation, administration and economics
Industriell teknik och ekonomi - Industriell organisation, administration och ekonomi
Research subject Entrepreneurship and Innovation
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-3180DOI: 10.3402/aie.v1i1.5601Local ID: 0f8dd700-dd45-11df-8b36-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-3180DiVA: diva2:976036
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Validerad; 2010; 20101021 (vinpar)2016-09-292016-09-29Bibliographically approved