Internet Entrepreneurship: Networks and Performance of Internet Ventures in China
31 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2005
Date Written: February 2005
This article examines the contingent value of entrepreneurs' networks to survival likelihood of Internet ventures, and the dynamics of entrepreneurs' networks over time. The empirical data are composed of the longitudinal surveys of 94 Internet ventures in Beijing, China. The study found the positive and the negative contingent effects of structural holes on the survival likelihood of new firms. The study found that networking skills of entrepreneurs are associated positively with the changes in networks over time. Improved social skills lead to greater firm legitimacy.
Keywords: Structural holes, human capital, Internet, entrepreneurship, China
JEL Classification: M13, D85, L14, L25, P27
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