Dynamic Networking by Entrepreneurs: Collaborative Efforts in Developing Opportunities and Mobilizing Resources
Forthcoming, Jeff Reuer and Sharon Matusik (eds.), 2019, Handbook on Entrepreneurship and Collaboration, Oxford University Press
31 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2019
Date Written: December 21, 2018
Entrepreneurs are active networkers, network connections change over time, new contacts are added and others are dropped. Entrepreneurial networking is an integral part of entrepreneurial processes and can be a strategic and goal-oriented response to resource requirements, while it can also be effectual and driven by an individual and collective desire to meet and interact. We examine how entrepreneurs change their network and use a variety of actions and strategies to engage with friends, family, partners and strangers. Although entrepreneurial networking in part is driven by critical events and crises as triggers, individual differences in motivation and ability also affect the way entrepreneurs respond and use networking in an uncertain and challenging environment.
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