The impact of knowledge resources on new venture performance

  • West III G
  • Noel T
  • West G
 et al. 
  • 1


    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • N/A


    Citations of this article.


A new venture's strategy—and thus its performance—is based upon the knowledge the firm has about its market, its opportunity in that market, and its appropriate conduct to take advantage of that opportunity. Resource-based theory underscores knowledge as a type of resource that confers competitive advantage and the potential for sustainability, two factors that are critical for start-ups. Three types of procedural knowledge are considered to be important at start-up: (1) about the industry in which the venture competes; (2) about the type of business approach the venture is pursuing; and (3) about creating, building, and harvesting new ventures. Knowledge useful to the new venture is developed either through relevant personal experiences or by accessing relevant knowledge possessed by others. Hypotheses are developed regarding the impact on the performance of new ventures as a result of these sources of knowledge, and these relationships are explored in a study of new technology-based firms. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of Journal of Small Business Management is the property of Wiley-Blackwell and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

Author-supplied keywords

  • BUSINESS planning
  • CORPORATIONS -- Finance
  • FINANCIAL management
  • INFORMATION technology
  • RESOURCE-based communities
  • RESOURCE-based theory of the firm
  • STARTUP costs
  • SUSTAINABLE development
  • Theory of (Religion)

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document


  • G Page West III

  • Terry W Noel

  • G Page West

  • Terry W Noel

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free