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The impact of early imprinting on the evolution of new venture networks

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  • Milanov, Hana
  • Fernhaber, Stephanie A.
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    Given the argued importance of networks to new ventures, this paper is intended to fill a noted gap in the literature pertaining to the factors that influence the evolution of new ventures' alliance networks. Drawing on the imprinting literature, we propose that one has to look beyond the first partner per se, and instead focus on the extant relationships the initial partner has with other firms. More specifically, we argue and find that the network size and centrality of a new venture's initial alliance partner influence the subsequent size of the new venture's network.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Business Venturing.

    Volume (Year): 24 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 1 (January)
    Pages: 46-61

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jbvent:v:24:y:2009:i:1:p:46-61

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    Keywords: Networks New ventures Imprinting Panel Data;

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    1. Scott Newbert & Erno Tornikoski, 2012. "Supporter networks and network growth: a contingency model of organizational emergence," Small Business Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 39(1), pages 141-159, July.
    2. Milanov, Hana & Fernhaber, Stephanie A., 2014. "When do domestic alliances help ventures abroad? Direct and moderating effects from a learning perspective," Journal of Business Venturing, Elsevier, vol. 29(3), pages 377-391.
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