Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to develop a framework to link founding team and start-up competitive advantage in the context of the Taiwanese technology-based ventures. Design/methodology/approach - The paper analyzes 211 start-ups of the technology-based sector and verifies the relationship between entrepreneur resources, trust, founding team partners' commitments, and start-up competitive advantage. Findings - In technology-based start-ups, the competitive advantage of a start-up is determined by the founding team partners' commitments and the resources an entrepreneur has. Research limitations/implications - This study is retrospective which relies on technology-based founding team members as the primary research subjects, some respondents may observe the performance of their start-ups today and then make attributions about the past to explain that performance. Practical implications - Utilizations of personal networks are important in the early stage of technology-based start-ups; through networking and using trust, an entrepreneur can gain the critical resources and competitive advantage required in the development of a business. Originality/value - In technology-based start-ups, trust, not the resources an entrepreneur has, is an effective way by which entrepreneurs can win founding team partners' commitments.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Strategy and Management
- Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management