Jesper B. Sørensen

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We examine how the social structure of existing organizations influences entrepreneurship and suggest that resources accrue to entrepreneurs based on the structural position of their prior employers. We argue that information advantages allow individuals from entrepreneurially prominent prior firms to identify new opportunities. Entrepreneurial prominence(More)
Conventional wisdom suggests that when institutional logics overlap , the production of hybrids signifies collapse, blending, or easy coexistence. The author provides an alternative interpretation: hybrids can maintain a distinctive boundary and can emerge from contestation, not coexistence. This alternative interpretation is grounded in an analysis of a(More)
All rights reserved. Short sections of text, not to exceed two paragraphs, may be quoted without explicit permission, provided that full credit including © notice is given to the source. Chicago business schools for guidance and feedback. We take full responsibility for remaining errors. Abstract We provide a framework for reconciling two seemingly(More)
Since organizational homogeneity may reduce or eliminate agency problems, understanding its sources is important for organization design and for the trade-off between firms and markets. This paper shows that organizational homogeneity will develop because, first, people prefer to hire others with similar beliefs since such others will make the 'right'(More)
Several recent studies in entrepreneurship have shown that the propensity for individuals to become entrepreneurs seems to vary considerably by the type of firm for which they work. Many of these studies have hypothesized that this may result from 'knowledge spillovers' within the firm or due to 'entrepreneurial exposure' to employees' colleagues. In this(More)
We argue that the stock of prior alliances between participants in the biotechnology sector forms a network that serves as a governance mechanism in inter-firm transactions. To test how this network substitutes for other governance mechanisms, we examine how equity participation and pledged funding in strategic alliances vary with two features of the way(More)