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Title: Acquiring Intangible Resources through Entrepreneurs’ Network Ties: A Study of Chinese Economy Hotel Chains
Authors: Hsu, CHC 
Liu, ZG 
Huang, SS
Keywords: China
Economy hotel chains
Entrepreneurs
Human capital
Intangible resources
Network ties
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Source: Cornell hospitality quarterly, 2015, v. 56, no. 3, p. 273-284 How to cite?
Journal: Cornell hospitality quarterly 
Abstract: Based on two phases of in-depth interviews with entrepreneurs who own China’s economy hotel chains, this research explored these entrepreneurs’ strategies for acquiring intangible resources through network ties and summarized the mix of strong and weak network ties that they used to acquire those resources at different development stages of their new firms. In the early start-up stage, the interviewed entrepreneurs used a mixture of strong and weak ties; in the establishment stage, they relied on strong ties; and in the final growth stage, they did not value network ties and only used weak business ties. Moreover, the network mixes used by these entrepreneurs to acquire different types of intangible resources are not identical. Sourcing human capital was a particularly valuable use of the network ties, both strong and weak, and many of the respondents used their ties to gain essential information and skills for running their hotels. The two-stage data collection revealed the dynamics of entrepreneurs’ network mixes as firms progressed to new development stages.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/24380
ISSN: 1938-9655
EISSN: 1938-9663
DOI: 10.1177/1938965513518659
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