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Locating Entrepreneurship: the importance of social context


Eleanor Shaw, Ian Grant and Juliette Wilson

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The paper was published at the 25th IMP-conference in Marseille, France in 2009.


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This paper presents the findings of recent case study research which explored the interplay between entrepreneurship and social context. By applying established theories and concepts from outside the field of entrepreneurship, principally Granovetter's (1985; 1992) perspective on social embeddedness and social network theory (Mitchell, 1969; 1973) to the study of a small creative industry firm, the research generated rich and theoretically-informed insights into the dynamic between a small firm and its social context. The findings discussed indicate that the case firm is embedded in a complex network of overlapping relationships which have significant implications for the behaviour of the firm with respect to these relationships. Key themes which emerged included the nature of interactions used to negotiate exchanges and develop relationships and the perceived impact of hierarchy on these interactions and their strategic intent.