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Female Entrepreneurial Networks and Networking Activity in Technology-based Ventures: An Exploratory Study

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Hampton, Alison, Cooper, Sarah and McGowan, Pauric (2009) Female Entrepreneurial Networks and Networking Activity in Technology-based Ventures: An Exploratory Study. International Small Business Journal, 27 (2). pp. 193-214. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1177/0266242608100490

Abstract

The ability to develop and manage effective networks is a crucial entrepreneurial competence for venture establishment and growth. Relatively little attention has been paid to the network development and networking activities of female entrepreneurs in general, and even less to such activities in technology-based ventures.The limited existing evidence suggests that female entrepreneurs may develop different approaches to network development and participation to that of their male counterparts.This article presents findings from exploratory, qualitative research conducted in Northern Ireland, which focused on the nature and dynamics of female entrepreneurial networks in traditionally male-dominated science, engineering and technology-based ventures. Drawing upon information-rich evidence from 18 in-depth interviews with the lead female entrepreneurs of technology-based ventures, insights are presented into the nature and dynamics of female entrepreneurial networks and networking at different stages of the business life cycle.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Ulster Business School
Ulster Business School > Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Strategy
Research Institutes and Groups:Business and Management Research Institute
ID Code:11060
Deposited By:Professor Paul Humphreys
Deposited On:01 Feb 2010 09:29
Last Modified:07 Mar 2013 10:33

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