Knowledge Management and Entrepreneurship in Early Stage Firms
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ItemMedia Multiplexity in Entrepreneur-Mentor Relationships( 2021-01-05)This article examines how early stage entrepreneurs establish relationships with mentors through media multiplexity. Survey data were collected from high-tech entrepreneurs in the nascent business stage working in the New York City metropolitan area. Findings confirm that the use of multiple media in inter-organizational settings is important to entrepreneurship because multi-layered communication impacts resource acquisition. The findings regarding the antecedents of media multiplexity suggest that age similarity, ethnicity similarity, trust, and perceived value influence the adoption of media in a dyadic relationship. These findings help explain the motivations behind the use of multiple media in a resource-limited social context.
ItemEntrepreneurial Organizations and the Use of Strategic Silence( 2021-01-05)Drawing on research about dynamic capabilities and external organizational communication, this study examines ways in which entrepreneurial organizations use silence as an effective communication strategy to reduce external uncertainty and to nurture growth during critical periods of development. Data were collected tracking the external communication of 54 entrepreneurial organizations that focus on mobile news application development. Results show a significant relationship between the attention organizations attract after product launch and an organization’s performance. More specifically, the greater the magnitude of change from pre-launch to post-launch, from less frequent external communication to more frequent external communication, the more likely there is to be an increase in the product performance of an entrepreneurial organization. The findings highlight the role of strategic silence in entrepreneurial organizations in the early stages of development and emphasize a more nuanced understanding of external communication as a strategic tool.