Riding the Practice Waves: Social Resourcing Practices During New Venture Development

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Title: Riding the Practice Waves: Social Resourcing Practices During New Venture Development
Authors: Keating, Andrew
Geiger, Susi
McLoughlin, Damien
Cunningham, Anthony C.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/4951
Date: Sep-2014
Abstract: This paper investigates how early venture entrepreneurs engage in socially embedded practices to resource their firm. We contribute to an emerging literature that calls for a shift in perspective from “resource” as an object to “resourcing” as a practice. This shift entails a focus away from whom entrepreneurs know toward how they engage with their venture's social contexts. Through the analysis of an in-depth longitudinal case study of a life-science venture, we show that social resourcing practices are more reminiscent of a creative coping with ambiguous and ever-changing environments over time than of “heroic” strategizing. We explore how entrepreneurs mobilize and creatively combine their social resources at hand, seek resources through engaging with other practice nets, negotiate differences between practice nets, and reflectively adapt their resourcing practices toward emerging resource contexts in ways that we describe as “riding the practice waves” of social resourcing.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Wiley
Journal: Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
Volume: 38
Issue: 5
Start page: 1207
End page: 1235
Copyright (published version): 2013 Baylor University
Keywords: Practice theoryEntrepreneurshipLife sciencesStart-upEthnography
DOI: 10.1111/etap.12038
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Business Research Collection

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