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Corporate Venture Capitalists with a ‘Bird’s-Eye View’ – A Dynamic Social Network Perspective


  • Christiana Weber


I empirically analyze the formation and transformation of corporate venture capitalists’ (CVC) social networks and social capital. I investigate the resulting structural and relational changes illuminating the process of interorganizational knowledge transfer and innovation generation of CVC programs. I find that CVC networks and the resulting social capital can ease knowledge transfer and innovation, but may over time also hinder it, thus turning social capital into a liability. Theoretically, I expand existing literature by investigating a so far unexplored intra-/interorganizational knowledge broker configuration, and I identify additional roles of the CVC manager as mediator and interventionist with a privileged bird’s-eye view.

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  • Christiana Weber, 2009. "Corporate Venture Capitalists with a ‘Bird’s-Eye View’ – A Dynamic Social Network Perspective," Schmalenbach Business Review (sbr), LMU Munich School of Management, vol. 61(2), pages 195-224, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:sbr:abstra:v:61:y:2009:i:2:p:195-224

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    Corporate Venture Capital; Dynamic Social Network Perspective; Innovation Generation; Knowledge Broker; Knowledge Transfer and Creation;

    JEL classification:

    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness
    • D85 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Network Formation
    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General


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