PhD Defence Souren Arzlanian

Arzlanian, SourenSOUREN ARZLANIAN
Strategy & Organisation

Dissertation Title
Social networks and firm performance: examining the relation between dimensions of social capital, social network perception and firm performance

Date & Location
11 June 2014 @ 11:45 in the Aula of the Main Building of the VU University Amsterdam

 

Social networks and firm performance: examining the relation between dimensions of social capital, social network perception and firm performance

Souren Arzlanian

Abstract

Despite growing interest in the role of social networks in firm performance, there is some confusion in the literature regarding the antecedents of social capital and the mechanisms of how and when social capital influences firm performance. This dissertation consists of two meta-analysis papers and two empirical papers that examine how and when social capital influences firm performance and the consequences and antecedents of managerial network perception. The related hypotheses were tested with meta-analyses and empirical studies in the unique context of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games tender competitions. The results revealed that social capital is strongly related to firm performance. However, these network effects are contingent on the development stage of new ventures, their industry and institutional contexts, and the type of performance measures considered. Furthermore, the results reveal that the accurate perception of networks is important, and misperception can be costly. Perception accuracy can be improved by actively scanning the environment and frequently interacting with key actors within the network.