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An entrepreneurial network evolving:patterns of change

Jack, Sarah and Moult, Susan and Anderson, Alistair R. and Drakopolou Dodd, Sarah (2010) An entrepreneurial network evolving:patterns of change. International Small Business Journal, 28 (4). pp. 315-337. ISSN 0266-2426

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Abstract

It is now recognized that to broaden our understanding about networks more qualitative and longitudinal work is required that examines transformation and the change processes of networks; how they emerge and develop over time. The case study reported here deals with these issues. It considers the development of a network for new entrepreneurs first established by a local enterprise support agency in North East Scotland.This forum provided a near ‘natural experiment’ to chart network emergence, change and evolution. Employing participant observation, interviews and surveys, data were collected over a six-year period. This allowed the network to be mapped, and provided information about structural characteristics and in-depth detail about network dynamics and change processes over time. Findings show how network structure shifts from calculative to affective ties and demonstrate the importance of social ties for the operation of a network.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Small Business Journal
Uncontrolled Keywords: change ; longitudinal case study ; networking ; network change and evolution ; networks
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Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Institute for Enterprise & Entrepeneurial Development (IEED)
ID Code: 45314
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 11 Jul 2011 19:30
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2013 16:55
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/45314

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