The Relational Antecedents of Project-Entrepreneurship: Network Centrality, Team Composition and Project Performance

Research Policy 38 (2009) 1545–1558

Posted: 26 Jun 2016

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Simone Ferriani

University of Bologna - Department of Management

Gino Cattani

New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business; New York University (NYU) - Department of Management and Organizational Behavior

Charles Baden‐Fuller

City University, London - Cass Business School; University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School

Date Written: September 01, 2009

Abstract

The relational antecedents of project-based enterprises have not yet received systematic investigation. These ventures are typically created by individual freelancers who are usually embedded in networks of collaborative relationships that convey the information and resources required to carry out new projects. Using a relational perspective of entrepreneurial discovery and team composition, we analyze the performance determinants of project-entrepreneurs, namely the individuals who are responsible for launching and carrying out those projects. We argue that project-entrepreneurs’ performance is related to their degree of centrality within the social network, and their familiarity with the selected project-team as captured by the distribution of ties among team members. We test our hypotheses within the Hollywood Film Industry over the period 1992–2003. The findings point to the existence of diminishing returns to centrality and performance benefits from assembling teams that combine old-timers and newcomers. The theoretical contributions and implications of the study are discussed.

Keywords: Project-entrepreneur Network centrality Team composition Commercial performance Feature film industry

Suggested Citation

Ferriani, Simone and Cattani, Gino and Baden-Fuller, Charles, The Relational Antecedents of Project-Entrepreneurship: Network Centrality, Team Composition and Project Performance (September 01, 2009). Research Policy 38 (2009) 1545–1558, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2800360

Simone Ferriani

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Gino Cattani

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University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School ( email )

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