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Motivations and challenges of network formation:entrepreneur and intermediary perspectives

Lockett, Nigel and Jack, Sarah and Larty, Joanne (2013) Motivations and challenges of network formation:entrepreneur and intermediary perspectives. International Small Business Journal, 31 (8). pp. 866-889. ISSN 0266-2426

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Abstract

This article presents findings from 14 in-depth interviews looking into the motivations and challenges of intermediaries and entrepreneurs engaged in the formation of a networking group for the information and communication technologies sector. The findings show that issues around communication and expectations exist and that the mechanisms used to address this problem create an environment that promotes a short term perspective, overlooking the importance of social relations. To overcome these issues, it is important that policymakers and entrepreneurs work in partnership to ensure resources are targeted appropriately and in a way that is conducive to supporting an entrepreneurial environment in the long term.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Small Business Journal
Uncontrolled Keywords: Regional networks ; Regional economic development ; Network formation ; entrepreneurs ; intermediaries
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Institute for Enterprise & Entrepeneurial Development (IEED)
ID Code: 55247
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 20 Jun 2012 11:56
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2013 15:54
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/55247

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