publication . Article . 2003

startup size and the mechanisms of external learning increasing opportunity and decreasing ability

Paul Almeida; Gina Dokko; Lori Rosenkopf;
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  • Published: 05 Feb 2003 Journal: Research Policy, volume 32, pages 301-315 (issn: 0048-7333, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Abstract An important area of investigation in the field of entrepreneurship examines how people and organizations exploit technological opportunities. Prior research suggests that alliances, the mobility of experts, and the informal mechanisms associated with geographic co-location can present firms with useful opportunities to source technological knowledge. This paper uses insights from strategic management and organizational theory to suggest that organizational size may have an important impact on the extent of external learning, since it differentially affects the likelihood of learning via formal and informal mechanisms. Examining a cross-section of semic...
free text keywords: Management of Technology and Innovation, Management Science and Operations Research, Strategy and Management, Organizational theory, Organizational size, Organizational learning, business.industry, business, Exploit, Entrepreneurship, Economics, Marketing, Strategic management
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