Resilience Through Collaborative Networks in Emerging Economies: Evidence from Chinese Venture Capital

Part of the Studies on Entrepreneurship, Structural Change and Industrial Dynamics book series (ESID)


The high-speed growth of emerging economies attracts the attention of global investors, but the uncertain institutional environment in emerging and transitional economies makes investors uneasy. Using China’s venture capital (VC) data, this article examines the performance consequences of differences in ownership between foreign and local investors, and network position established when VC firms (VCs) syndicate portfolio company investments. There is a phenomenon of separate institutional settings between China’s local VCs and foreign VCs in China, which makes ownership significantly affect investment performance. The VCs’ positions in the collaborative networks can play a mediating role; foreign VCs have better investment performance because of their more central-network position. Better-networked VCs can supplement or replace formal institutions in transitional economies.



We are grateful to two anonymous reviewers and Pamela Siska at MIT WCC. We thank the Chinese Government Scholarship (CSC NO. 201606155079), the Humanities and Social Science Fund of Education Ministry of China (NO. 13YJC630248) and the Central Universities Fundamental Research Grant in China (NO. 2015ZDXM01).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.South China University of TechnologyGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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