SOCIAL NETWORK AND TACIT KNOWLEDGE ACQUISITION: THE ROLE OF ENTREPRENEURS’ SOCIAL SKILL

 

Kai-Ping Huang
Department of Business Administration, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Karen Y. Wang
Department of Management, Business School, University of Technology Sydney

Yan-Hong Yao*
Business School, Hunan University, China
*Corresponding Author: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Abstract

The aim of this study is to analyze the impact of entrepreneurs’ social skills on the social network and tacit knowledge acquisition. The conclusion of the study indicates that en-trepreneurs’ social skills including impression management and social perception influ-ence fostering social networks by promoting face-to-face interactions to understand re-actions, reciprocity and even motives of others. The impact of entrepreneurs’ social skills on tacit knowledge acquisition is further determined by strong social networks and preserving affable business relations of an entrepreneurial firm.

Keywords: social skill, social network, tacit knowledge, entrepreneurship

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