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Understanding the effects of power asymmetry on a start ups’ innovation performance

Buuren, N. ten (2017) Understanding the effects of power asymmetry on a start ups’ innovation performance.

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Abstract:This study focuses on the vulnerabilities of startups in inter-organizational relationships. A conceptual model is created based on literature, which predicts a negative roll from power asymmetry on the explorative innovation firm performance of startups. With experience having a moderating effect, that decreases the negative impact of power asymmetry on explorative innovation firm performance. An online survey based on literature is designed to analyze if these relationships indeed exist in startups. Startups located in concentrated areas in Germany and the Netherlands are used for data sampling. Preliminary data analysis is used by means of a principal component analysis to validate the survey items. Hierarchical regression analysis of the data did not find a negative effect of asymmetric interdependence on explorative innovation performance. Neither was the moderating effect of experience found proven by the results, experience having a non-significant negative effect on explorative innovation firm performance. Many other significant relationships between control variables and explorative innovation performance were found. Limitation of this research and suggestions for future research are suggested.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
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