An Integrated Approach to Studying Multiplexity in Entrepreneurial Networks

Forthcoming, Entrepreneurship Research Journal, DOI: org/10.1515/erj-2014-0007

UNSW Business School Research Paper No. 2014 KGMT 05

37 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2014 Last revised: 7 Nov 2014

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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: August 5, 2014

Abstract

Multiplexity occurs in entrepreneurial networks when flows interact within and across relationships. It defines how these networks function and evolve and cannot be examined by studying network structure or flows separately. Despite the growing recognition of the importance of multiplexity, related research has remained limited and lacks an integrated approach to simultaneously examine structure and flows, thus restricting our understanding of entrepreneurial networks. We propose an integrated approach for conducting inductive studies into multiplexity, involving an adaptation of the “business networks” conceptual model, the configuration theory perspective, and the Q-analysis method.

Keywords: entrepreneurial networks, multiplexity, configuration theory, Q-analysis

JEL Classification: O31, O32, M13

Suggested Citation

Bliemel, Martin J and McCarthy, Ian P. and Maine, Elicia M.A., An Integrated Approach to Studying Multiplexity in Entrepreneurial Networks (August 5, 2014). Forthcoming, Entrepreneurship Research Journal, DOI: org/10.1515/erj-2014-0007, UNSW Business School Research Paper No. 2014 KGMT 05, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2497212

Martin J Bliemel (Contact Author)

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Ian P. McCarthy

Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Beedie School of Business ( email )

8888 University Drive
Burnaby, British Columbia V5A 1S6
Canada

Elicia M.A. Maine

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

Segal Graduate School of Business
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Vancouver, BC V6C 1W6
Canada

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Simon Fraser University - Policy Analysis ( email )

Burnaby, British Columbia V5A 1S6
Canada

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