Abstract

Every entrepreneurial firm is created within a network that can significantly contribute to its success and survival but the capability to manage this network to ensure firm success and survival is heterogeneously distributed across firms. In this study we integrate the resource based view of the firm and the concept of network embeddedness to build a model that maps the emergence of entrepreneurial network capability. To extend our knowledge in this area we test a three- phase process model that measures entrepreneurial network capability emergence; awareness, information acquisition and sharing, and action. The identification of the three phases of the emergence of network capability stemmed from previous longitudinal qualitative research. We use survey data collected from high tech firms in a major city in the Southeastern United States.

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