Is it possible to construct an entrepreneur's personal network: what can the ProfitNet project tell us?

Cooke, Yolande (2008) Is it possible to construct an entrepreneur's personal network: what can the ProfitNet project tell us? In: 9th International CINet Conference, 5-9 Sep 2008, Valencia, Spain.

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Abstract

This paper is about the personal networks of entrepreneurs (owner managers) of small businesses. Although it is well documented that effective networks are positively related to firm survival and innovation capacity, no efforts have been made to evaluate the effectiveness of constructing such a network on behalf of entrepreneurs. This is important because it is unclear whether entrepreneurs actually know how to build or use a personal network. The research draws on literature to construct a framework consisting of the key benefits associated with personal networks and applies this to the ProfitNet project of Sussex, England. ProfitNet is a product of the University of Brighton which brings entrepreneurs together in small sector specific groups to learn from each other. The main findings are that the project does create an environment which offers members general and innovation related benefits of a personal network.

Item Type:Contribution to conference proceedings in the public domain ( Full Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Entrepreneur’s personal network; Small enterprise Business service; Incremental innovation; Innovative capacity; SMEs; Learning networks; ProfitNet
Subjects:N000 Business and Management > N200 Management studies > N210 Management techniques > N215 Change and Innovation
Faculties:Brighton Business School > Centre for Research in Innovation Management
ID Code:5348
Deposited By:editor centrim
Deposited On:27 Mar 2009
Last Modified:08 Oct 2010 02:18

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