The interplay of human and social capital in shaping entrepreneurial performance: the case of Vietnam

Santarelli, Enrico and Tran, Hien (2013) The interplay of human and social capital in shaping entrepreneurial performance: the case of Vietnam. Small Business Economics, 40 (2). pp. 435-458. ISSN 0921-898X DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-012-9427-y

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This study investigates the effects of human capital, social capital and their interaction on the performance of 1,398 Vietnamese new-born firms. Operating profit is used as the measure of success. Human capital is captured by individual-level professional education, start-up experience, and learning. Whereas the first two dimensions of human capital are measured with traditional indicators, we define learning as the ability to accumulate knowledge to conduct innovation activities (new product introduction, product innovation and process innovation). Social capital is measured as benefits obtained from personal strongtie and weak-tie networks. Key findings are threefold: (i) human capital strongly predicts firm success, with learning exhibiting a statistically significant positive association with operating profit, (ii) benefits from weak ties outweigh those from strong ties, (iii) interaction of human capital and social capital displays a statistically significant positive effect on new-firm performance.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Business and Management
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2016 11:52
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/7376

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