Lunch Seminar Joris Ebbers


12:00 - 13:00


The perceived value of multi-dimensional intra-incubator entrepreneurial networks and new venture performance

Dr. Joris Ebbers (University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Business School)

Amsterdam Business Research Institute

Business and Organisation

Conference / Symposium / Seminar

ABRI would like to invite you to an ABRI lunch seminar given by Dr. Joris Ebbers (University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Business School) about “The perceived value of multi-dimensional intra-incubator entrepreneurial networks and new venture performance.”

The seminar will take place on Friday, November 9, from 12:00 – 13:00 in room HG-06A37.

To register for this event, please send an e-mail to Mariana Stori (, latest on Tuesday, November 6.

Social networks can affect new venture performance by providing access to opportunities, advice, and resources. A fast way for new ventures to build a social network is to enter into a business incubator. Although there are a number of studies that focus on the potential positive effects of intra-incubator networks on new venture performance, prior studies do not systematically distinguish between specific dimensions of these networks. In this paper, we study 7 different dimensions of informal intra-incubator networks. These dimensions are based on the specific information that is being informally exchanged: 1) ideas for product development, 2) relevant market trends, 3) how to manage my company, and information about potential new 4) employees, 5) customers, 6) suppliers, and 7) investors. We study the degree in which both the  new venture founders’ perceived value of these network dimensions, as well as their actual network ties in the incubator, affect performance. Finally, we study how these effects of intra-incubator networks on performance is moderated by: a) the age of the company, b) the size of the company, and c) the amount of time the company has been located in the incubator.

This paper is co-authored by Wouter Stam

Dr. Joris Ebbers is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Amsterdam Business School. His main research interests are entrepreneurship, social networks, and organization. He studies this especially in the context of creative industries and business incubation. He published in journals that include Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Strategic Organization, Human Relations, and British Journal of Management. He was a visiting scholar at New York University Stern School of Business, Cass Business School London, University of Bologna, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and the Freie Universität Berlin. In addition, he is the deputy head of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation section of the Amsterdam Business School, and coordinator and cofounder of the Entrepreneurship and Management in the Creative Industries (EMCI) specialization in the Master in Business Administration. Finally, he is an active partner in the IXAnext program supported by the municipality of Amsterdam to stimulate entrepreneurship at universities, where I focus on university-based business incubation and acceleration activities.