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Unveiling the founder effect: a conceptual framework of entrepreneurial imprinting

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  • Vladi Finotto

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

  • Anna Moretti

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

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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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  • Vladi Finotto & Anna Moretti, 2014. "Unveiling the founder effect: a conceptual framework of entrepreneurial imprinting," Working Papers 07, Department of Management, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia.
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    Keywords

    Imprinting; cognitive frame; dynamic; agency;

    JEL classification:

    • L26 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Entrepreneurship
    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory

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