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Effects of start-up firm's social network on knowledge transfer: An empirical study

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3 Author(s)
Liu Hongli ; Sch. of Bus., East China Univ. of Sci. & Technol., Shanghai, China ; Wang Qian ; Mei Yahao

Effective knowledge transfer from social network has been one of the crucial factors for start-up firm's survival and growth. This paper explores effects of start-up firm's social network on knowledge transfer using questionnaire survey method. Results are generated by regression method based on empirical data from Shanghai, China. The results show that start-up firm's social network structure has significant effects on knowledge transfer. High density, great centrality of start-up firm's social network can facilitate knowledge transfer from social network to start-up firm, large size of start-up firm's social network hinders knowledge transfer. Meanwhile, start-up firm's social network relation also has significant effects on knowledge transfer, strong tie, high level trust and long durable tie can facilitate knowledge transfer from social network to start-up firm.

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Information Management, Innovation Management and Industrial Engineering (ICIII), 2012 International Conference on  (Volume:3 )

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20-21 Oct. 2012