In Search of Entrepreneurial Network Configurations: Using Q-Analysis to Study Network Structures and Flows

Posted: 20 Jul 2009

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Martin J. Bliemel

Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation

Ian P. McCarthy

Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Beedie School of Business

Elicia Maine

Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Management of Technology; Simon Fraser University - Policy Analysis

Date Written: July 17, 2009

Abstract

Studies of entrepreneurial networks have largely overlooked configurational research, which is concerned with organizational diversity. We suggest that this is due to conceptual and methodological constraints that restrict studies to concentrate on one or other of the two dominant network perspectives - structural and flow. Consequently, we know relatively little about how both these network perspectives combine to create distinct configurations. In response, we introduce a conceptual model and the Q-analysis method and use these to develop a typology of four network configurations. We then present arguments concerning the effective network goals and network capabilities particular to each configuration.

Keywords: entrepreneurial networks, configurations, typology, capabilities, Q-analysis

JEL Classification: M13

Suggested Citation

Bliemel, Martin J and McCarthy, Ian P. and Maine, Elicia M.A., In Search of Entrepreneurial Network Configurations: Using Q-Analysis to Study Network Structures and Flows (July 17, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1435535

Martin J Bliemel

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Elicia M.A. Maine

Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Management of Technology ( email )

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Canada

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