Space-Related Antecedents of Social Capital: Some Empirical Inquiries About the Creation of New Firms

International Entrepreneurship Management Journal, Springer Science, 2007

18 Pages Posted: 7 Apr 2011 Last revised: 17 Apr 2011

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Manuela Presutti

University of Bologna - Department of Management

Cristina Boari

University of Bologna - Department of Economics

Date Written: April 4, 2011

Abstract

This paper analyzes the spatial aspects of social capital creation between co-localised start-ups and customers, aiming to explain the factors which may influence the diffusion of inter-organizational social networks inside industrial clusters. We suppose that local social capital is not a public good, but its creation depends both on proximity. between actors and on a sense of affiliation of an entrepreneur to the cluster. While the embeddedness of a start-up inside a cluster has a positive influence on the relational and cognitive dimensions of social capital, it negatively influences the structural dimension. Implications and future lines of research are discussed.

Keywords: Social capital, Start-up, Industrial clusters, Inter-organizational networks, Spatial dimension, Embeddedness

Suggested Citation

Presutti, Manuela and Boari, Cristina, Space-Related Antecedents of Social Capital: Some Empirical Inquiries About the Creation of New Firms (April 4, 2011). International Entrepreneurship Management Journal, Springer Science, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1802414

Manuela Presutti (Contact Author)

University of Bologna - Department of Management ( email )

Bologna
Italy

Cristina Boari

University of Bologna - Department of Economics ( email )

Strada Maggiore 45
Bologna, 40125
Italy

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