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The impact of networks on effectuation over causation processes

Woertman, Sanne (2014) The impact of networks on effectuation over causation processes.

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Abstract:The aim of this study is to examine the relationship between network integration and the use of effectuation in the decision making process. This research builds on the effectuation literature and network theory. Effectuation research is encouraged by a lot of researchers and literature on the combination of networks and effectuation is limited. In this exploratory research a mixed method design in combination with a quasi-experiment is used. Data was collected among seventeen American student entrepreneurs in Rome, Georgia. Participants were presented a case in which they had to solve ten decision problems using the think aloud method so that decision making processes could be analyzed. In addition they were given a questionnaire to be filled out afterwards. The results indicate that no significant differences exist between student entrepreneurs having a low or high degree of network integration and the use of effectuation processes. The hypotheses could not be supported with empirical evidence. The findings showed that religion, experience, age, sex, and general reliance on network in the start-up phase do have a significant effect on use of the means based principle. Age significantly influences usage of embracing contingencies. All control variables significantly influenced the overall effectuation processes.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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