Start-up teams : A multidimensional conceptualization, integrative review of past research, and future research agenda

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Knight, Andrew P., Greer, Lindred L. and De Jong, Bart. (2020). Start-up teams : A multidimensional conceptualization, integrative review of past research, and future research agenda. The Academy of Management Annals. 14(1), pp. 231-266. https://doi.org/10.5465/annals.2018.0061
AuthorsKnight, Andrew P., Greer, Lindred L. and De Jong, Bart
Abstract

Academic interest in start-up teams has grown dramatically over the past 40 years, with researchers from a wide variety of disciplines actively studying the topic. Although this widespread interest is encouraging, a review of the literature reveals a lack of consensus in how researchers conceptualize and operationally define start-up teams. A lack of consensus on the core phenomenon—a foundational part of a strong paradigm—has stifled the systematic advancement of knowledge about start-up teams, which has downstream implications for the viability of this field of research. To advance the development of a stronger paradigm, we present a multidimensional conceptualization of start-up teams that is derived from points of consensus in existing definitions. Our multidimensional conceptualization accounts for the fact that although all are under the umbrella of the concept of “start-up team,” start-up teams vary in a set of key ingredients—ownership of equity, autonomy of strategic decision-making, and entitativity. This conceptualization serves as a framework for reviewing and beginning to integrate past research on start-up teams. It also serves as a framework for guiding and informing an integrated program of future research on start-up teams. By introducing a multidimensional conceptualization of start-up teams, we highlight the value of considering the defining ingredients of start-up teams for furthering a stronger paradigm.

Keywordsteams; groups; organizational behavior; entrepreneurship
Year2020
JournalThe Academy of Management Annals
Journal citation14 (1), pp. 231-266
PublisherAcademy of Management
ISSN1941-6520
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.5465/annals.2018.0061
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85078279294
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Page range231-266
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Print01 Jan 2020
Online15 Jan 2020
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Accepted03 Nov 2020
Deposited10 Dec 2021
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