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Crossing the organizational species barrier: how venture capital practices inflitrated the information technology sector

Author: Gaba, Vibha ; Meyer, Alan D.INSEAD Area: Organisational BehaviourIn: Academy of Management Journal, vol. 51, no. 5, October 2008 Language: EnglishDescription: p. 976-998.Type of document: INSEAD ArticleNote: Please ask us for this itemAbstract: We examine the contagion processes whereby practices originating in one organizational population spread into and diffuse within a second. We theorize that “endemic” innovations native to one population spread to other populations through two distinct forms of contagion. We test this argument by observing information technology firms’ adoption of corporate venture capital programs. Results suggest that geographic proximity triggers cross-population contagion, that within-population contagion arises from different causal mechanisms, and that firms maintaining close cross-population ties pay less attention to the actions taken and outcomes experienced by other firms within their own industry.
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We examine the contagion processes whereby practices originating in one organizational population spread into and diffuse within a second. We theorize that “endemic” innovations native to one population spread to other populations through two distinct forms of contagion. We test this argument by observing information technology firms’ adoption of corporate venture capital programs. Results suggest that geographic proximity triggers cross-population contagion, that within-population contagion arises from different causal mechanisms, and that firms maintaining close cross-population ties pay less attention to the actions taken and outcomes experienced by other firms within their own industry.

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