Journal Article

Exaptation dynamics and entrepreneurial performance: evidence from the internet video industry

Kenny Ching

in Industrial and Corporate Change

Volume 25, issue 1, pages 181-198
Published in print February 2016 | ISSN: 0960-6491
Published online January 2016 | e-ISSN: 1464-3650 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icc/dtv052
Exaptation dynamics and entrepreneurial performance: evidence from the internet video industry

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This paper explores entrepreneurial strategy by analyzing the Internet video industry. Data on entrants to the Chinese Internet video industry from 2006 to 2011 reveal how those that adapt to shifts in the environment outperform less flexible firms. The paper also shows how exaptive processes, including strategic commitment to user communities, increase resilience in start-ups that face such shifts. These findings introduce an expanded view of entrepreneurial strategy by directly linking strategic choice to venture performance and clarifying the role of exaptation in entrepreneurship.

Keywords: L26; L82; O31

Journal Article.  11027 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Industrial History ; Business History ; Innovation ; Technological Change; Research and Development ; Industry Studies

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