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Unveiling the founder effect: a conceptual framework of entrepreneurial imprinting

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  • Vladi Finotto

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    (Dept. of Management, Università Ca' Foscari Venice)

  • Anna Moretti

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    (Dept. of Management, Università Ca' Foscari Venice)

Abstract

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 entrepreneursÕ 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.

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Paper provided by Department of Management, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia in its series Working Papers with number 7.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2014
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Handle: RePEc:vnm:wpdman:78

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Keywords: Imprinting; cognitive frame; dynamic; agency;

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