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Motivations and challenges of network formation: entrepreneur and intermediary perspectives

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>12/2013
<mark>Journal</mark>International Small Business Journal
Issue number8
Number of pages34
Pages (from-to)866-889
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date29/06/12
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This article presents findings from 14 in-depth interviews looking into the motivations and challenges of intermediaries and entrepreneurs engaged in the formation of a networking group for the information and communication technologies sector. The findings show that issues around communication and expectations exist and that the mechanisms used to address this problem create an environment that promotes a short term perspective, overlooking the importance of social relations. To overcome these issues, it is important that policymakers and entrepreneurs work in partnership to ensure resources are targeted appropriately and in a way that is conducive to supporting an entrepreneurial environment in the long term.