The Networked Business Incubator: Leveraging Entrepreneurial Agency
Posted: 2 Oct 2007
Recent years have seen the emergence of a new incubator model, the "networked incubator", which is a hybrid form of the archetypal business incubators, based on territorial synergy, relational symbiosis and economies of scale, to the benefit of the participating 'incubatees'. The question addressed in this paper is why this new model has emerged and what distinguishes it from the more traditional incubator model. The theoretical basis of the research is social capital theory. Empirically, the paper is based on 6 months' ethnographic data collected in one of the first known networked incubators. The closing section of the paper addresses the implications for research and practitioners.
Keywords: business incubators, networked incubators, entrepreneurship, social capital theory, network theory
JEL Classification: L22, O32, P13
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