Entrepreneurial orientation and network board diversity in network organizations

Joakim Wincent, Sara Thorgren, Sergey Anokhin

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This study extends the concept of entrepreneurial orientation (EO) to the network level to investigate how diversity among officers serving on network organization boards affects network-level entrepreneurial orientation (NEO). Using data from 53 strategic network organizations across five years, we found that insider/outsider and functional diversity among network board members promotes NEO. The results also demonstrate that board group tenure moderates the influence of diversity in opposite ways. The impact of board insider/outsider diversity is stronger in networks in which board members lack long tenure. On the contrary, the effect of functional diversity on network entrepreneurial orientation is stronger in network organizations with tenured boards.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-344
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Business Venturing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Board tenure
  • Diversity
  • Entrepreneurial orientation
  • Interfirm networks
  • Upper echelon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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