Bringing Political Skill into Social Networks: Findings from a Field Study of Entrepreneurs

Ruolian Fang, Lei Chi, Manli Chen, Robert A. Baron

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Abstract

The authors integrate the entrepreneurship literature's sociological and behavioural perspectives and examine the processes through which entrepreneurs first build social networks and then use the network resources for enhancing venture performance. Field interviews of entrepreneurs during a six-month period reveal that political skill is an important individual-level factor that influences the construction and use of social networks. Theoretical and practical implications of the major findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-212
Number of pages38
JournalJournal of Management Studies
Volume52
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes

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