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Effect of power source mismatch on new venture performance

Li Wang (School of Business, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China)
Marshall Shibing Jiang (Goodman School of Business, Brock University, St. Catharines, Canada)

Chinese Management Studies

ISSN: 1750-614X

Article publication date: 24 September 2018

Issue publication date: 10 October 2018




The venture capital syndication brings in various resources for the portfolio firms, which positively affects those firms’ performance, while conflicts within syndicates also have negative impact on the portfolio firms’ performance. This study aims to explore the two opposite effects of the venture capital syndication on the portfolio firms’ operations. Drawing on Ma et al.’s (2013) power source match perspective, the authors examine the effect of (mis)match of power source between ownership and status on the portfolio firms’ performance.


The study uses panel data from two professional databases containing information about the venture capital-backed firms in China. The fixed effect model is applied to analyze the data.


This study found that power source match in the venture capital syndicates works positively on the portfolio firms’ performance. This positive relationship is weakened when there is ownership-dominated power source mismatch present.

Practical implications

This study suggests that when new ventures search for venture capital, it is better to allocate greater ownership to the venture capital providers with high-status power, so that ownership power and status power can have a proper match to increase the coordination among venture capital providers, thereby helping portfolio firms perform better.


This study looks into the performance of a portfolio firm when there is power a (mis)match in a venture capital syndication, extending the current literature in this area where only the performance of the venture syndications is examined.



Wang, L. and Jiang, M.S. (2018), "Effect of power source mismatch on new venture performance", Chinese Management Studies, Vol. 12 No. 4, pp. 833-846.



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