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Entrepreneurs with Ties


Sarah Jack and
Stefanos Mouzas
Lancaster University
United Kingdom
Stefanos Mouzas

Place of Publication

The paper was published at the 27th IMP-conference in Glasgow, Scotland in 2011.


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1. Abstract
Concerns about our understanding of the network process and how this process might impact on entrepreneurship have been raised. The purpose of this paper is to broaden understanding about this relationship. To do so, we consider what goes on within network ties so that entrepreneurial change is brought about. We argue that through social exchange within network ties, entrepreneurs challenge the status quo and that through a process of (re)negotiation within network ties, they change the existing order. The exchange process within network ties provides the rationales, resources and assurances that ―allow‖ the entrepreneur to act. We, therefore, propose that entrepreneurship occurs through the renegotiation of exchange that takes place between and within network ties.
Key words: entrepreneurship, network, exchange