Abstract

A number of studies confirm the important and varied role that networks play in influencing entrepreneurial outcomes. Entrepreneurs consistently use networks to get ideas and gather information as well as resources and problem solving. A recent interesting development in network research is the growing number of organisational scholars who acknowledge the ‘inherent inseparability’ of social and material aspects of organizational work (Orlikowski, 2008). While the management literature has considered the role of Material Aretfact (MA), in the field of entrepreneurship few researchers have empirically examined the artefact/social networking dynamic. In this paper, we use Actor-Network Theory (Callon, 1986) as a theoretical lens to investigate the interaction dynamic of MA and a nascent entrepreneur’s network. In addressing this aim, the research question considered is: How do material artefacts constrain and/or enhance the entrepreneurial networking process?

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