Abstract

Social networks play a catalytic role in organizational emergence, leading scholars to explore the antecedents and outcomes of entrepreneurs’ social relationships. Brokerage social relationships— namely, relationships that connect otherwise disconnected individuals in social or economic relations to facilitate the exchange of valued resources—are associated with several advantages, such as information for innovation, information exchange, and social control. Entrepreneurs are brokers in that they bridge gaps in social structures to facilitate the flow of goods, services, information, or opportunities across those gaps. There is a gap in our understanding about how variance in brokerage relationships influences founders especially as it relates to resource mobilization and compassion-organizing outcomes. By exploring this gap, we hope to explore the different forms of value these roles likely generate. In this study, we ask the following questions: are there differences in the brokerage relationships of founders who start ventures in response to wide-spread suffering caused by a disaster, and how do these differences influence firm founding activities and effectiveness in achieving key objectives? We answer these questions by building on theory on compassion organizing from the field of positive organizational psychology and on resource management to develop a brokerage model of the emergence of compassionate new ventures.

Share

COinS