Many enterprises have their origins within other organizations. Employee entrepreneurs and the ventures they establish are a source of economic dynamism as they leverage under-exploited opportunities and knowledge that emerge xithin an originating – or parent – organization. Our research project aims to study this phenomenom, labeled here “Interdependent entrepreneurship”.
Extant theories of employee entrepreneurship have emphasized competitive relationships between emmployee and parent organizations. However, recent studies have started to highlight that venture enterdependence can bring benefits for both companies in the form of indirect knowledge spillovers and economically productive exchange relations.
To extend our understanding of employee founded ventures, we thus ask: What are the sources of variation that explain interdependence as a venture design choise? Under what conditions are there performance consequences for employee ventures due to interdependence with their parent organization?