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How does the team expertise heterogeneity improve entrepreneurial performance? Analysis from the perspective of academic social network

Yi Zhang (School of Public Management, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, China) (School of Economics & Management, Henan Institute of Science of Technology, Xinxiang, China)
Wanhong Zhang (School of Public Management, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, China)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 27 June 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between team heterogeneity and team performance in entrepreneurial team and is also of significance in guiding the management practice of an entrepreneurial team.

Design/methodology/approach

The study is carried out based on an experiment, in which a 2×2 experimental group is devised to collect data concerned with the heterogeneity of entrepreneurial team’s expertise and the attitude toward heterogeneity.

Findings

The entrepreneurial team’s heterogeneity has a significant effect on entrepreneurial performance; the entrepreneurial team’s heterogeneity influences entrepreneurial performance through team task conflict; attitudes toward heterogeneity play a mediating role in the above process.

Originality/value

This paper is carried out based on an experiment which can be used to determine the mediating effects of team conflict on the relationship between team expertise heterogeneity and the entrepreneurial performance.

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Acknowledgements

The research was supported by the Humanities and Social Science Fund of Ministry of Education (No. 15YJC880138); Henan Social Science Program of Henan Province in 2016 (No. 2016BJY007); Project of Young Backbone Teachers in Colleges and Universities of Henan Province (No. 2016GGJS-218) in China.

Citation

Zhang, Y. and Zhang, W. (2019), "How does the team expertise heterogeneity improve entrepreneurial performance? Analysis from the perspective of academic social network", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 38 No. 2, pp. 434-445. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHT-11-2018-0180

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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