An Integrated Approach to Studying Multiplexity in Entrepreneurial Networks
Forthcoming, Entrepreneurship Research Journal, DOI: org/10.1515/erj-2014-0007
37 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2014 Last revised: 7 Nov 2014
Date Written: August 5, 2014
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
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