Abstract

With the recent increase in the application of network theory in social sciences it has been shown that social networks (SN) not only influence individuals, but also the way, in which organizations emerge and grow over time. This implies that the knowledge of SN dynamics can enhance our understanding of the entrepreneurial process. Despite the fact that various researchers have shown the relevance of SN in the field, few efforts seemed to have focused on the important role played by entrepreneurial trials during this social networking process. This research is intended to address this gap by answering the question: How entrepreneurial trials shape enabling network dynamics? In our study, we employ the Actor-Network Theory approach, which reveals a fine-grained analytical grid of entrepreneurial networking dynamics (Korsgaard, 2011).

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