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Entrepreneurial network composition: An analysis across venture development stage and gender

Klyver, Kim & Terjesen, Siri A. (2007) Entrepreneurial network composition: An analysis across venture development stage and gender. Women in Management Review, 22(8), pp. 682-688.

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Abstract

Purpose: This study explores gender differences in the composition of entrepreneurs’ networks at four new venture stages: discovery, emergence, young and established.

Methodology/approach: ANOVA and linear regression on a sample of 134 female and 266 male entrepreneurs.

Findings: Female entrepreneurs have significantly lower proportions of males in their social networks in early venture development stages, but similar levels at later stages.

Research limitations/implications: Taken together, our findings suggest that just as women in traditional organizations adapt social networks similar to men in order to succeed, their entrepreneurial counterparts build more ‘male-oriented’ networks as they proceed through venture phases.

Originality/value of paper: This study uses a representative sample of male and female entrepreneurs to explore network composition at four distinct stages. Our findings suggest that female entrepreneurs who are able to persist in the new venture process develop networks similar to their male counterparts.

Impact and interest:

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ID Code: 8685
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Entrepreneurial Networks, Gender, Venture Development Stage
DOI: 10.1108/09649420710836344
ISSN: 0964-9425
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology not elsewhere classified (160899)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Small Business Management (150314)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Emerald Publishing
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 18 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 01:14

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