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|Title: ||The mechanisms and processes of entrepreneurial networks: continuity and change.|
|Authors: ||Dodd, Sarah Drakopoulou|
Jack, Sarah L.
Anderson, Alistair R.
Mechanisms for change
|Issue Date: ||2006|
|Citation: ||DRAKOPOULOU-DODD, S., JACK, S. and ANDERSON, A. R., 2006.
The mechanisms and processes of entrepreneurial networks:
continuity and change. In: J. WIKLUND, D. DIMOV, J. A. KATZ and
D. SHEPHERD, eds. Advances in entrepreneurship, firm emergence
and growth, Volume 9: Entrepreneurship: frameworks and
empirical investigations from forthcoming leaders of European
research, pp. 107-145.|
|Abstract: ||The relevance of networks for entrepreneurship is now well established. However,
despite the extent of work carried out there are still clear gaps in our understanding
about how networks change and adapt over time and how entrepreneurs actually go
about using their networks for entrepreneurship. To deal with these issues we focus on
specific network parameters - structure, content and process over time – and present
the findings from a three stage longitudinal research project which combined crosssectional
qualitative and quantitative data collection. Our findings confirm, not only
the relevance of networking for entrepreneurship, but also illustrate how network
contacts and the actual structures of networks changed over time. Moreover, our study
demonstrates that the network becomes the mechanism for coping and dealing with
change. Indeed, the role of the networked entrepreneur within the wider business
environment may be as the agent and catalyst of and for change.|
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