An examination of the role of social networks in the commercialization of entrepreneurial innovations

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dc.contributor Zahra, Shaker A.
dc.contributor Elfring, Tom
dc.contributor Bachrach, Daniel G.
dc.contributor Reynolds, Kristy E.
dc.contributor.advisor Kacmar, K. Michele
dc.contributor.author Noble, David
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T14:47:56Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T14:47:56Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000721
dc.identifier.other Noble_alatus_0004D_10848
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1226
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Through the extension of Seibert, Kraimer, and Liden's (2001) social capital framework to the field of entrepreneurship, this paper develops and tests a theoretical model focusing on how an entrepreneur's social network structure and resources combine to impact the commercialization attempts of entrepreneurs regarding their innovative products and services. By drawing an analogy between an entrepreneur's social network and an organization's absorptive capacity, the model I propose predicts how the structure of an entrepreneur's social network and the resources embedded within that network may lead to the acquisition of essential resources and information, and ultimately, impacting the successful commercialization of their opportunity. This model bridges a gap in the entrepreneurship literature by testing long standing beliefs and assumptions regarding the role of social networks, including that a large network is always better and weak ties are necessarily more beneficial than strong ties.
dc.format.extent 93 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Management
dc.title An examination of the role of social networks in the commercialization of entrepreneurial innovations
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Management and Marketing
etdms.degree.discipline Management
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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