Founding team and start-up competitive advantage

Lei Yu Wu, Chun Ju Wang, Chun Yao Tseng, Ming-Cheng Wu

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-151
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Organizational Analysis
Volume16
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Oct 6

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Competitive advantage
Start-up
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Networking
Design methodology
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  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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Wu, Lei Yu ; Wang, Chun Ju ; Tseng, Chun Yao ; Wu, Ming-Cheng. / Founding team and start-up competitive advantage. In: International Journal of Organizational Analysis. 2008 ; Vol. 16, No. 1-2. pp. 138-151.
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Founding team and start-up competitive advantage. / Wu, Lei Yu; Wang, Chun Ju; Tseng, Chun Yao; Wu, Ming-Cheng.

In: International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. 16, No. 1-2, 06.10.2008, p. 138-151.

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