Abstract

The bulk of research on social networks in entrepreneurship focuses on the nature and characteristics of social ties at a given moment in time or on the contribution of the network as a whole as opposed to its development dynamics. Despite the fact that a number of researchers have sought to explore the role of social networks, only a handful of them actually focused on the development of social networks over time (Jack, 2010). And hardly any of these attempts try to understand the role of technical artifacts in the networking process. In this study, we propose to use the Actor- Network-Theory (Callon, 1986), that we believe will lead to fill this gap in the literature. The study provides new insights into the dynamic process of network construction, in the specific context of the NTBF launch.

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