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The syndication of venture capital investments

  • Lockett, Andy
  • Wright, Mike

This paper examines competing finance, resource-based and deal flow explanations for the syndication of venture capital investments. Evidence from 60 firms (a 58.8% response rate) is analysed. Overall the finance perspective provides a strong explanation of motives for syndication, but the resource-based view is found to be much more important for those firms involved in at least some early stage transactions. The implications for researchers are that venture capital firms should not be treated as a homogeneous group and that the investment stages in which they operate may strongly influence attitudes towards syndication. In addition, there are implications for practitioners as venture capital firms may not be attributing sufficient attention to the need to augment their own resource base in order to enable them to make superior decisions when selecting deals and managing investments.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Omega.

Volume (Year): 29 (2001)
Issue (Month): 5 (October)
Pages: 375-390

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jomega:v:29:y:2001:i:5:p:375-390
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