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Entrepreneurial Process and Social Networks

A Dynamic Perspective Edited by Alain Fayolle, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Director, Entrepreneurship Research Centre, EMLYON Business School, Ecully, France, Sarah L. Jack, Jacob and Marcus Wallenberg Professor of Innovative and Sustainable Business Development, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden, Wadid Lamine, Toulouse Business School and Didier Chabaud, IAE de Paris/Sorbonne Graduate Business School, France
Entrepreneurship is undoubtedly a social process and creating a firm requires both the mobilization of social networks and the use of social capital. This book addresses the gap that exists between the need to take these factors into consideration and the understanding of how network relationships are developed and transformed across the venturing process.
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Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978 1 78536 487 7
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  • Business and Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Social Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship is undoubtedly a social process and creating a firm requires both the mobilization of social networks and the use of social capital. This book addresses the gap that exists between the need to take these factors into consideration and the understanding of how network relationships are developed and transformed across the venturing process.

Expert contributions from key scholars in the field illustrate how social networks evolve across entrepreneurial stages, using studies from different regions across the world. Offering a comprehensive understanding, they emphasize the role of formal networks created inside professions and firms. Also examined is the impact of context, including both family and internationally variable institutions, that can help entrepreneurs to access resources and competencies useful for their projects. The book concludes by emphasizing the various research challenges: which theories are useful for our endeavours and which new methods can be used to understand the dynamics of the venturing process?

Dynamic and eminently practical, this book will be invaluable to scholars and students studying the entrepreneurial process and the impact of social networks. It will also prove a useful tool in aiding entrepreneurs to optimize the development of their networks and better manage their entrepreneurial processes.
‘This rich collection of articles reminds us that network research in entrepreneurship must push boundaries. Fayolle, Jack, Lamine and Chabaud have selected studies emphasizing network processes of creation and change. They nudge us beyond social networks to consider business networks; to study relationship coordination rather than just cooperation. They help us to “try on” new theoretical lenses and they provide insight into novel research contexts such as the Middle East and Africa. This book moves us towards topics that warrant more attention.’
– Nicole Coviello, Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
Contributors: L. Aaboen, M.A. Abebe, A.R. Anderson, M. Brettel, D. Chabaud, H. Chebbi, M. de Beer, S. Drakopoulou Dodd, A. Fayolle, R.T. Harrison, F.M. Hill, S.L. Jack, W. Jansen, W. Lamine, H. Lawton-Smith, C. Lechner, C.M. Leitch, C. Leyronas, F. Lind, S. Loup, A.B.R. Lwango, R. Mauer, S.A. Mian, G. Mollenhorst, J. Ngijol, S. Qureshi, T.C. Redd, S. Romeo, V.A.J. Schutjens, S. Wu
Contents:

Introduction
Alain Fayolle, Sarah Jack, Wadid Lamine and Didier Chabaud

PART I THE EVOLUTION OF NETWORKS ACROSS ENTREPRENEURIAL STAGES
1. Entrepreneurial Network Composition and the Venture Creation Process: An Empirical Investigation
Tammi C. Redd, Michael A. Abebe and Sibin Wu

2. Dynamic Social Networks of Entrepreneurs: Five Years of Change in the Networks of Dutch Entrepreneurs
Marianne de Beer, Gerald Mollenhorst and Veronique A.J.M. Schutjens

3. Entrepreneur’s Social Networks and Formation of Business Opportunities: An Exploratory Study
Didier Chabaud and Joseph Ngijol

4. Start-ups Repositioning in Business Networks
Lise Aaboen and Frida Lind

PART II FORMAL NETWORKS: A NEW RESEARCH AGENDA?
5. Business and Professional Networks: Scope and Outcomes in Oxfordshire
Helen Lawton-Smith and Saverio Romeo

6. Women Entrepreneurs and the Process of Networking as Social Exchange
Claire M. Leitch, Richard T. Harrison and Frances M. Hill

7. Cooperation vs. Coordination Relations in SME’s Network: A New View of Collective Strategy Dynamics
Christophe Leyronas and Stéphanie Loup

PART III CONTEXT: A BENIGN NEGLECT?
8. The Competitiveness of Entrepreneurial Firms from a Network Perspective
Christian Lechner

9. The Role of Family Members In Entrepreneurial Networks: Beyond the Boundaries of the Family Firm
Alistair R. Anderson, Sarah L. Jack and Sarah Drakopoulou Dodd

10. Social Network Structures of Nascent Entrepreneurs: An Exploratory Study of Advisor Networks in MENA Countries
Sarfraz A. Mian and Shahid Qureshi

11. Ubuntu in Family Businesses: A Case in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Albert B.R. Lwango

PART IV DEBATES AND PERSPECTIVES: THEORETICAL CHALLENGES
12. Entrepreneurial Mingling Secrets: Investigating the Performance Impact of Network Structure for Control-based Entrepreneurship using Agent-based Simulation
Willem Jansen, René Mauer and Malte Brettel

13. Actor- Network Theory and the Entrepreneurial Process
Wadid Lamine, Alain Fayolle and Hela Chebbi

Index