Abstract

Notably lacking from the social network literature is explicit attention to processes of network formation and development. Processes of tie formation are generally conceived in an evolutionary approach—variation, selection, retention (Parkhe et al. 2006; Slotte-Kock & Coviello, 2010). Although relevant, the evolutionary approach may fail to account for specific strategies and practices of tie formation such as actors’ intentions and strategies when forming ties. Recent studies argue that entrepreneurs intentionally engage in constructing their social networks, however it is unclear whether these strategies are done in a consistent way or if the process is contingent on entrepreneurial needs related to the specific situation Moreover, the relationship between intentions of forming ties and actual ties formed is a rather unclear topic in tie formation.

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