Influence of venture capitalists on high tech management

Luis Gomez-Mejia, David B. Balkin, Theresa M. Welbourne

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The use of venture capital to finance high technology firms has increased dramatically in recent years. Venture capitalists often decide which high tech firms will receive financial backing; once financing is approved, they may exercise a great deal of influence on the firm's management. This study investigates the role of the venture capitalist in the management of the high tech firm. A body of literature on institutional power and organizational dependence is used as the theoretical framework for this research. Attention is directed toward the nature of venture capital influence, extent of influence, and factors moderating that influence. Results show that venture capitalists are deeply involved in establishing policies and monitoring managerial activities in high tech firms. The extent of influence is moderated by such factors as stage in the organizational life cycle, size of the venture capitalist, lead position of the venture capitalist, perceived firm performance, and background of entrepreneur.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-118
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of High Technology Management Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Strategy and Management
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Marketing
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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