Turning Public into Private: How Local Social Capital Amplifies Entrepreneurs’ Network for Innovation

Andrea Prencipe
Andrea Prencipe
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Economics and Management Innovation, LUISS University

Event Information

Research Seminar
Business Processes
Tue. 28 May. 2013
Jan van den Ende
12:00-13:00 hours
Mandeville Building T10-67


This paper explores the effects of local social capital and entrepreneur’s social capital on firms’ innovation. We conceive local social capital as a collective asset that represents the level of social interaction within a given geographical area.  Entrepreneur’s social capital is an individual asset and characterizes the investment that the entrepreneur makes in order to build his or her own social network. Using a unique data set, which combines public data with survey data, we show that both local and entrepreneur’s social capital foster firms’ innovation. In addition, we demonstrate that there is a complementary effect of local social capital and entrepreneurs’ social capital in affecting firms’ innovation. Being located in an area characterized by a high degree of local social capital increases the effectiveness of entrepreneur’s social capital on innovation. At the same time, entrepreneur’s social capital amplifies the effects of entrepreneur’s social capital on innovation.

Jan van den Ende
Professor of Management of Technology and Innovation
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