Venturing into New Territory: Career Experiences of Corporate Venture Capital Managers and Practice Variation

When organizations adopt new practices, the practices are often modified to fit the new context. UC Davis Professor Gina Dokko and study co-author Vibha Gaba, Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD, argue that managers who implement new practices modify them, and that the extent of practice variation is determined by these managers’ career experience with the practice itself, and career experience that enables fit assessment between the practice and the adopting firm.

Dokko and Gaba test these these arguments by observing information technology firms’ modification of venture capital practices within corporate venture capital units. This study contributes to diffusion research by developing and testing a framework for understanding the role of individuals in practice variation.