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Social capital and learning advantages: a problem of absorptive capacity

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posted on 04.09.2017, 10:30 by Mathew HughesMathew Hughes, Robert E. Morgan, R. Duane Ireland, Paul Hughes
Theoretically, social capital allows entrepreneurial firms to capitalize on learning advantages of newness and gain access to knowledge as the foundation for improved performance. But this understates its complexity. We consider whether learning through social capital relationships has a direct effect on performance and whether absorptive capacity mediates and moderates this relationship. We find that network-based learning has no direct relationship with performance, but this is mediated in each instance by absorptive capacity and is moderated twice. Our findings challenge the learning advantages of newness thesis and reveal how absorptive capacity can enable business performance from a firm's network relationships.

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  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal

Volume

8

Issue

3

Pages

214-233

Citation

HUGHES, M. ... et al., 2014. Social capital and learning advantages: a problem of absorptive capacity. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 8 (3), pp.214-233.

Publisher

John Wiley & Sons (© Strategic Management Society)

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2014-01-13

Copyright date

2014

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: HUGHES, M. ... et al., 2014. Social capital and learning advantages: a problem of absorptive capacity. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 8 (3), pp.214-233, which has been published in final form at: https://doi.org/10.1002/sej.1162. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

ISSN

1932-4391

eISSN

1932-443X

Language

en

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