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What ties resources to entrepreneurs? - Activating social capital

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2014
<mark>Journal</mark>International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing
Issue number2
Volume6
Number of pages22
Pages (from-to)140-161
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

The access to information and other resources is of major importance for entrepreneurial ventures. In order to start up a business an entrepreneur needs to provide financial capital, abilities and know-how as well as social resources. The strength of ties of a network actor influences the access to missing resources. The relationship between different tie categories has not been clarified satisfactorily yet. The research at hand seeks to investigate which ties are of strategic importance and how entrepreneurs secure resource access. The entrepreneur’s perception of the network is at the centre of interest making a qualitative approach appropriate. Therefore, entrepreneurs have been investigated using an interview guideline containing open questions. The findings of this work emphasise the interaction of weak and strong ties. Commonalities between actors, trust and tie duration enhance resource access and activation of indirect ties.