Steven W. Bradley

Steven W. Bradley
Baylor University | BU · Hankamer School of Business

PhD Indiana University - Entrepreneurship/Strategy

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Introduction
Steven W. Bradley currently works at the Hankamer School of Business, Baylor University. Steven does research in Quantitative Social Research, Organizational Studies and Entrepreneurial Economics. Their current project is 'The maker movement, makerspaces, and makers/hackers & their association with innovation and entrepreneurship'.
Additional affiliations
August 2018 - present
Baylor University
Position
  • Chair
August 2014 - present
Baylor University
Position
  • Chair
August 2008 - present
Baylor University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • Social Entrepreneurship & Economic Development
Education
August 2004 - August 2007
Indiana University Bloomington
Field of study
  • Entrepreneurship & Strategy
August 1993 - May 1997
Texas A&M University
Field of study
  • Mechanical Engineering
August 1987 - May 1991
University of Texas at Austin
Field of study
  • Chemical Engineering

Publications

Publications (39)
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Organizational sponsorship refers to attempts to mediate the relationship between new organizations and their environments by creating a resource-munificent context intended to increase survival rates among those new organizations. This includes efforts such as business incubation, venture capital, and governmental policies that create resource mun...
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Using an evolutionary model and a sample of 7,166 firms in the manufacturing and technology sectors of Sweden, we find that surviving organizations founded independent of a parent organization have lower long-term failure rates than their protected subsidiary counterparts. Specifically, we find that subsidiary organizations have low mortality rates...
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Forms of capital play a significant role in the innovation and performance of start-up firms. Current entrepreneurial research has focused on the role of financial, human, and social forms of capital. We build on a large body of theory and research in sociology and economics, proposing spiritual capital as an additional influence where institutiona...
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Entrepreneurship is regarded as key to economic growth, job creation, and greater prosperity. Indeed, entrepreneurship drives net job growth in the United States, the European Union, and some Asian countries. Yet the United States has experienced a decline in entrepreneurial dynamism since the 1970s, and some European countries continue to struggle...
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Resourcefulness is a term often used to describe entrepreneurs, but its dimensions and measurement as a research construct in the entrepreneurship literature are still in development. Drawing from related work in entrepreneurship, sociology, and psychology, resourcefulness in the entrepreneurship context is defined as learned behavioral, financial,...
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Racial diversity among faculty, students, and administrators is increasing at universities in the United States. These changes have been uneven, with growth in underrepresented students exceeding that of faculty diversity. To address these and other inequities, a growing number of universities have established an executive‐level chief diversity off...
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Despite the significant role played by serial entrepreneurs in the entrepreneurial process, we know little about group differences in reentry decisions after business failure. Using an ecosystem framework and stigma theory, we investigate the variance in gender gaps related to the reentry decisions of 8171 entrepreneurs from 35 countries who experi...
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The maker movement has been touted as a harbinger of the next industrial revolution. Through shared access to tools and digital fabrication technologies, makers can act as producers in the sharing economy and potentially increase entrepreneurship rates, catalyze advanced manufacturing, and spur economic development. We develop a model of the maker...
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The maker movement has been touted as a harbinger of the next industrial revolution. Through shared access to tools and digital fabrication technologies, makers can act as producers in the sharing economy and potentially increase entrepreneurship rates, catalyze advanced manufacturing, and spur economic development. We develop a model of the maker...
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Entrepreneurship research typically emphasizes firm-level outcomes such as growth and performance. However, people pursue entrepreneurship for deeply personal, idiosyncratic reasons. Therefore, as in other self-organized human pursuits, how entrepreneurship relates to fulfillment and well-being is of utmost importance. In this paper, we provide an...
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As the American college student population has become more diverse, the goal of hiring a more diverse faculty has received increased attention in higher education. A signal of institutional commitment to faculty diversity often includes the hiring of an executive level chief diversity officer (CDO). To examine the effects of a CDO in a broad panel...
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Recent research addresses social media’s increasing importance to relationships and its influence on individual perceptions of self. However, understanding of the value outside observers place on social media status cues (i.e., followers, likes, etc.) in evaluating the perceived likability of others is currently underexplored. Using the theoretical...
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An updated version of this paper was published in Journal of Business Venturing. The article is available at: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1YsJU38~UTXKnn . Please cite the JBV version.
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Forms of capital play a significant role in the innovation and performance of start–up firms. Current entrepreneurial research has focused on the role of financial, human, and social forms of capital. We build on a large body of theory and research in sociology and economics, proposing spiritual capital as an additional influence where institutiona...
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An updated version of this paper was accepted for publication in Journal of Business Venturing, Jan. 2019.
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate effects of policy initiatives on entrepreneurs’ opportunity evaluation decisions. Design/methodology/approach – Factors were selected from real world policy initiatives. The model pricing power as a traditional economic base rate attribute and then considering how variance in use fees and repor...
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Environmental change is ironically one of the few constants for organizations. At times, changes form regular patterns such as industry cycles, whereas at other times, change can be sudden or unpredictable. These sudden changes, or environmental jolts, are difficult to prepare for or foresee. Are sudden changes always a liability or can they be an...
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Networks are important for a range of entrepreneurial outcomes. However, literature often makes implicit assumptions about the immediate benefits of network size for venture performance. Building on Status Expectation State Theory and network perspective, we argue that female entrepreneur’s legitimacy is an important consideration in understanding...
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Entrepreneurship research has paid little attention to variance in entrepreneurial opportunities, instead choosing to treat them as homogenous. Thus, the field has failed to acknowledge that there are significant variations in means-ends conceptualizations giving rise to different types of opportunities. Further, researchers and educators have not...
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abstractEconomic development and social entrepreneurship often conceive of poverty as a resource allocation problem in which a lack of capital prevents the poor from increasing their income through entrepreneurship. This allocative view, however, represents only one possible approach to conceptualizing entrepreneurial opportunity. The alternative d...
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This study examines the role of business innovation as an important, but understudied intervening relationship between microcredit loans and income level. Using archival and survey data of microcredit clients from the Dominican Republic, the study finds that loan size has a positive effect on income level, but only in the presence of business innov...
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Strategy‐based models centre on the management of unique and valuable resources to take advantage of specific market opportunities. Less examined in this approach are the roles of slack resources in the process of generating firm value – particularly for new firms in ‘tough’ environments where fewer opportunities are available. Using a cohort panel...
Conference Paper
Firms often conduct external search for new opportunities, but not all search leads to growth. Integrating traditional explanations of search from behavioral theory with biological foraging models, we explain how absorptive capacity together with financial slack influence breadth or depth of search. Our findings from 291 small Swedish technology fi...
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We survey 612 entrepreneurs who are members of microcredit programs across three developing countries to examine the determinants of firm employment. We find that for opportunity-motivated entrepreneurs, a greater number of employees are predicted by pre-entry means (managerial skill, pre-planning, and business expertise) with these relationships m...
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Current theory and public policy suggest liabilities of newness can be overcome through external legitimacy and protected positions in the market. In this study, we show that while this assumption holds true in the short run, the long run implications are often the opposite. We develop an evolutionary model of organizations founded under competitiv...
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We examine two distinct perspectives to analyze the role of financial slack in the decisions of technology venture managers to seek strategic alliances. According to the capabilities perspective, financial slack provides managers with the ability to maximize the benefits from acquiring missing capabilities through alliance formation, whereas accord...
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Resources are a cornerstone of firm growth (Penrose, 1959). However scholars contend whether discretionary resources, or slack, have positive or diminishing effects on performance. Recent studies (George, 2005; Tan & Peng, 2003) have confirmed earlier theorizing suggesting there is an optimal level of slack after which performance will go down (Sha...
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The objectives of the present research are to understand better the degradation of crosslinked polyethylene tubing subjected to pressurised, hot chlorinated water in flow through systems (e.g. home plumbing) and to estimate its service lifetime. Crosslinked polyethylene tubing was subjected to pressure testing with flowing hot, chlorinated water at...
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Polymeric solids have tensile creep compliance, compression creep compliance, flexural creep compliance, and tangential or incremental tensile and compressive compliance. While these compliance values would all be numerically the same in a given metal, they will all be numerically distinct in polymeric solids. This paper investigates why these comp...
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The long-term creep behavior of vinyl esters and polyesters have been studied as a function of curing conditions using flexural creep tests at ambient temperature (23°C). Vinyl esters that have been cured at room temperature had a greater creep exponent (n ∼ 0.20) for power law creep (t π ) than vinyl esters that were postcured to crosslink complet...
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The failure of an axle housing in a crane truck has been successfully analyzed with the aid of fracture mechanics. The cause of failure was the field addition of stop blocks welded to the axle housing. The time from crack penetration of the axle housing to final failure was too short for the presence of such a crack to have been detected by routine...
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This paper explores the differential effects of an environmental jolt on nascent firms. Unlike much of the previous literature, the analysis simultaneously examines: (1) organizational form - independent versus subsidiary (2) the organizational context of the exogenous event, (3) the effects of resources and their influence on the liability of newn...
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New ventures can be started by independent entrepreneurs (IVs) or by corporate parents (CVs). Research has shown that origin influences a new venture’s access to resources, its autonomy, its decision making process and its performance (Hitt et al., 1999; Zahra, 1996). Research has also shown that the value of resources varies depending on the condi...
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We conceptualize corporate venturing as an outcome of search where firms pursue new business through diversification into new markets. Research has generally concluded that ventures related to the current business outperform unrelated ventures. Yet, businesses often pursue opportunities that are divergent from their core business. We know little of...

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This special issue aims to deepen our understanding of public policies to promote innovative entre-preneurship. We hope to collect exemplary empirical research and theoretical developments that showcase novel empirical strategies, theoretical concepts, and new data sources. Because entrepre-neurship is a broad and interdisciplinary phenomenon, we are open to perspectives that combine entrepreneurship with views from other fields such as strategy, public economics, business, sociology, etc. Innovative entrepreneurship may be distinguished from other forms of entrepreneurship by an em-phasis on novel products, services, production methods, or business models. Such innovation should increase the likelihood of firm growth, wealth creation, and the addition of value-added jobs which are crucial for economic development (Acs et al., 2016; Audretsch, 2007; Baumol, 2010; Carree & Thurik, 2003; OECD, 2010). Public agencies and institutions seeking to improve economic growth should consider incentives and rewards that encourage innovative entrepreneurship as well as conventional entrepreneurial activities that produce economic and societal benefits, at the local, national, regional, and international levels. We are interested in approaches to facilitating innovative entrepreneurship is to establish and protecting institutions that establish the “rules of the game.” Efficient institutions provide economic freedom to current market participants and ensure new and small firms also have opportunities to compete in the market (Baumol, 1990; North, 1990; McMullen, Bagby, & Palich, 2008). June 1, 2019 submission deadline at http://sej.strategicmanagement.net/