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Social networks and a new venture's innovative capability: the role of trust within entrepreneurial teams

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This paper examines the effects of social networks and trust on a new venture's innovative capability. The concept of social networks is studied as the configuration of internal and external social networks for entrepreneurial team members. This study collected information about 112 technology-based entrepreneurial teams from the 65 research-based incubators in Taiwan. The results indicate that both internal and external social networks have marginally positive impacts on a new venture's innovative capability, and trust within the entrepreneurial teams is found to be as important a moderator for the relationship between external social networks and innovative capability. Moreover, results reveal that a higher level of trust between entrepreneurial team members can reduce the external social networks spanning the boundaries of the new venture and therefore may cause a ‘not invented here’ syndrome which will reduce its innovative capability.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9310.2008.00515.x

Affiliations: 1: Graduate Institute of Technology & Innovation Management, National Chung Hsing University, 250 Kuo Kuang Road, Taichung, Taiwan 402, ROC., Email: mhchen@dragon.nchu.edu.tw 2: Graduate Institute of Business Administration, National Cheng Kung University, No.1 Ta-Hsuch Road Tainan 701, Taiwan, ROC., Email: r4894113@mal.ncku.edu.tw

Publication date: 2008-06-01

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