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The moderating role of learning on competitive advantage : longitudinal evidence from young firms

Pesamaa, Ossi & Salunke, Sandeep (2012) The moderating role of learning on competitive advantage : longitudinal evidence from young firms. In Zacharakis, A., Carter , S., Gruber , M., leleux , B., Corbett , A., Honig, B., et al. (Eds.) Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research : Proceedings of the 31st Annual Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Babson College, Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, Syracuse, New York, p. 718.

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Abstract

The question of how young firms reconcile the absence of well-established learning routines arising from the “liabilities of newness” with the “learning advantages of newness” has received scant attention in entrepreneurship. While older firms follow established learning routines and sometimes face problems in overcoming inertia, young firms with lower levels of inertia are better poised to explore, search and test unique avenues for their products and services. The process of learning and capability development as well as establishing uniqueness in their product offerings is an important part not only in the early stages of firm growth, but also in firm survival. Given their inexperience, for young firms, these learning processes are iterative and include contrasting learning loops that sometimes progress and at other times digress from initially perceived unique ideas. Such processes are embedded within capabilities that the firm develops and nurtures. Based on this premise and adopting a capabilities-based view, we examine how strategic networks and environmental knowledge affects uniqueness- mediated performance in young firms. We identify firms with digressive learning strategies based on their self-assessment of learning and compare them with other firms to demonstrate a differential effect on performance.

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ID Code: 54014
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Learning, Competitive Advantage, Entrepreneurship, Young Firms
ISBN: 0910897344
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Entrepreneurship (150304)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 09 Oct 2012 04:26
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2012 04:09

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