Abstract

The effective use of networks as source of new knowledge is an important antecedent of opportunity recognition. The dominant understanding in literature is that weak and strong ties have different functions: weak ties enhance the search for exclusive and novel knowledge, whereas strong ties facilitate knowledge transfer and implementation. Small firms generally lack resources to maintain a divers network with weak and strong ties to address this “search-transfer-problem” (Hansen, 1999). As small firms already maintain strong ties with other firms, this study aims to answer the question of how they can use these ties to enhance opportunity recognition.

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