Title: Knowledge and networks in the global startup process

Authors: P. Danskin Englis, Ingrid Wakkee, Peter Van Der Sijde

Addresses: Campbell School of Business, Berry College and Dutch Institute for Study of Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneurship (Nikos), The University of Twente, The Netherlands. ' Department of Public Administration and Organisation Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, Vrije Universiteit, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands. ' Dutch Institute for Study of Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneurship (Nikos), The University of Twente, The Netherlands

Abstract: This paper focuses knowledge and networks in the global startup process of science-based ventures. A global startup process is a process of organisational emergence in which ventures engage in the exchange of knowledge, information and other resources with international contacts, to recognise opportunities for business, and prepare for the exploitation of these activities on the global market. We examine how knowledge-related needs change during the global startup process in terms of classification, function, network composition and interaction patterns. We formulate propositions to guide founders in their global startup process in building on theoretical insights and examples.

Keywords: entrepreneurship; global startups; internationalisation; knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship; social networks; spin-offs; knowledge management; science-based ventures.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKMS.2007.012538

International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies, 2007 Vol.1 No.3/4, pp.497 - 514

Available online: 20 Feb 2007 *

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