Social structures and entrepreneurial networks: the strength of strong ties.
Jack, Sarah L.
Dodd, Sarah Drakopoulou
Anderson, Alistair R.
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The entrepreneurial context provides a fertile arena for the study of networks. This qualitative study critically examines the nature, content and process of strong ties, which are found to fall into three categories: family, business contacts, and suppliers, competitors and customers. These nodal categories each provide a specific range of support to the entrepreneur. Their appropriate and effective utilization greatly facilitates enterprise performance.