Session 161

Entrepreneurial Growth

Track K

Date: Sunday, October 7, 2012


Time: 15:15 – 16:30


Room: Club H

Session Chair:

  • Shameen Prashantham, China Europe International Business School

Title: Citius, Altius, Fortius? Community-enabled Bricolage and the Growth of Entrepreneurial Ventures


  • Oliver Alexy, Technical University of Munich
  • Evila Piva, Polytechnic University of Milan
  • Cristina Rossi Lamastra, Polytechnic University of Milan

Abstract: In this paper we investigate the impact of incorporating the outputs of volunteer communities on sales and productivity growth of entrepreneurial ventures. In particular, we use the lens of entrepreneurial bricolage to develop two hypotheses that are tested in the empirical part of the paper. As the empirical context of the study, we select the software industry and we consider the volunteer community producing open source software.

Title: Comparison of Social Network Influence on 3 Stages of Entrepreneurial Firm Development: Evidence from Russian GEM Data


  • Galina Shirokova, St. Petersburg University
  • Gina Vega, Salem State University
  • Ivan But, St. Petersburg University

Abstract: The paper presents results from research on the influence of social networks on development of the entrepreneurial firm at different stages in the firm’s life. Two hypotheses are proposed and tested with data from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor project for Russia, 2002, 2006-2011. The logistic regression is used as an instrument for data analysis. We present evidence that the acquaintance with an entrepreneur leads to a higher chances of the population aged 18-64 being potential entrepreneurs, nascent entrepreneurs and owners of their own businesses. Comparing three stages of entrepreneurial firm development—discovery stage, birth stage and survival stage—we show that social networks have different influence at different stages of enterprise development. The highest influence is noticed at birth stage, the discovery and survival stages have lower but equal influence.

Title: Imitative New Product-Market Entry: The Impacts of Firm Resources and Market Dynamics


  • Namwoon Kim, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Sungwook Min, California State University Long Beach

Abstract: Although previous studies on interfirm imitation aroused interest in the topic of imitation-based entry strategy in general, the following imperative research questions remain to be addressed: (1) How do firm resources and culture affect the firm’s imitative new product-market entry decision? (2) What market/industry conditions encourage or discourage firms’ imitative new market entry? (3) Does the magnitude of imitative entry vary across the different product life-cycle stages? The purpose of this study is to identify these firm-specific as well as environmental driving factors that affect firms’ imitative new product-market entry decision. Based on well-established theories, we develop hypotheses regarding the effects of the identified antecedents on firms’ imitative market entry and empirically test them using broad cross-sectional survey data.

Title: New Venture Internationalization as a Rite of Passage: Unpacking the Blackbox of Transition to Foreign Markets


  • Shameen Prashantham, China Europe International Business School

Abstract: Making the transition to foreign markets poses a shock to international new ventures (INVs) that threatens their survival. To shed light on how some INVs manage to grow and survive, it is useful to pry open the blackbox of the “becoming” of an INV. To this end, new venture internationalization is viewed as being akin to a rite of passage i.e. a transitional process of social actors to a new status. A rite of passage entails a between-and-betwixt “liminal” phase during which an INV experiences both ambiguity and peril as well as liberation and flexibility. Liminality is a double-edged sword and holds the potential danger of aspiring INVs overreaching. Such overreach could thwart liminal learning outcomes that are vital for the successful accomplishment of internationalization.

All Sessions in Track K...

Sun: 08:00 – 09:15
Session 126: Entrepreneurship & Stakeholders - The Future Research Agenda
Sun: 09:30 – 10:45
Session 127: Teaching Strategic Entrepreneurship
Sun: 11:15 – 12:30
Session 128: Poverty, Informal Firms & Strategic Entrepreneurship
Sun: 15:15 – 16:30
Session 157: Financing Entrepreneurial Ventures
Session 161: Entrepreneurial Growth
Mon: 08:00 – 09:15
Session 158: Corporate Venture Capital
Session 175: Austrian Economics & Creative Destruction
Mon: 09:30 – 10:45
Session 178: Institutional Theory & New Ventures
Session 180: Pushing the Bounds of Agency Theory
Mon: 13:30 – 14:45
Session 159: Exploration, Exploitation, and Ambidexterity
Session 169: Spinoffs, Spinouts, and Labor Mobility
Mon: 16:30 – 17:45
Session 162: New Venture Strategy & Innovation
Session 163: Cognitive Perspectives
Tue: 08:00 – 09:15
Session 164: IPOs
Session 170: Emerging Markets
Tue: 11:00 – 12:15
Session 160: Corporate Venturing and Intrapreneurship
Session 179: Social Networks within and across Firms
Tue: 14:15 – 15:30
Session 166: Institutional Aspects of Entrepreneurship
Session 167: Firm Boundaries
Tue: 15:45 – 17:00
Session 174: Social Networks & Entrepreneurship
Session 176: Value Capture & Appropriability
Tue: 17:30 – 18:45
Session 168: Uncertainty, Ambiguity, and Sense-Making
Session 173: New Venture Creation

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