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Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice

Founding Team Capabilities and New Venture Performance: The Mediating Role of Strategic Positional Advantages

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  • Y. Lisa Zhao,

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    1. Henry W. Bloch School of Management at University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
      Y. Lisa Zhao, tel.: 816-235-5153; e-mail: songl@umkc.edu, to Michael Song at songmi@umkc.edu, and to Gregory L. Storm at gregstorm@umkc.edu.
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  • Michael Song,

    Corresponding author
    1. Henry W. Bloch School of Management at University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
      Y. Lisa Zhao, tel.: 816-235-5153; e-mail: songl@umkc.edu, to Michael Song at songmi@umkc.edu, and to Gregory L. Storm at gregstorm@umkc.edu.
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  • Gregory L. Storm

    Corresponding author
    1. Henry W. Bloch School of Management at University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
      Y. Lisa Zhao, tel.: 816-235-5153; e-mail: songl@umkc.edu, to Michael Song at songmi@umkc.edu, and to Gregory L. Storm at gregstorm@umkc.edu.
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Y. Lisa Zhao, tel.: 816-235-5153; e-mail: songl@umkc.edu, to Michael Song at songmi@umkc.edu, and to Gregory L. Storm at gregstorm@umkc.edu.

Abstract

This study conceptualizes founding team human capital with three multi-item scales that are related to critical functional areas in new service ventures: marketing capabilities, market-linking capabilities, and service design capabilities. We develop and empirically test a theoretical framework linking founding team capabilities to service venture performance through two strategic positional advantages: scalability and protectability. Our results provide insight into previous inconsistent findings regarding founding teams' impact on new venture performance, offer important managerial implications, and point to future research directions.

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