Functional heterogeneity as a two-dimensional concept : empirical evidence for new venture teams

Cantner, Uwe, Goethner, Maximilian, & Stuetzer, Michael (2011) Functional heterogeneity as a two-dimensional concept : empirical evidence for new venture teams. In Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2011, 12-16 August 2011, San Antonio. (Unpublished)

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Previous research on entrepreneurial teams has failed to settle the controversy over whether team heterogeneity helps or hinders new venture performance. Reconciling this inconsistency, this paper suggests a new conceptual approach to disentangle differential effects of team heterogeneity by modeling two separate heterogeneity dimensions, namely knowledge scope and knowledge disparity. Analyzing unique data on functional experiences of the members of 337 start-up teams, we find support for our contention of team heterogeneity as a two-dimensional concept. Results suggest that knowledge disparity negatively relates to both start-ups’ entrepreneurial and innovative performance. In contrast, we find knowledge scope to positively affect entrepreneurial performance, while it shows an inverse U-shaped relationship to innovative start-up performance.

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ID Code: 44096
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: New venture teams, Functional Heterogeneity, Diversity, Entrepreneurship
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 The Authors
Deposited On: 21 Aug 2011 23:30
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2011 23:30

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