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Paper info: The development of entrepreneurial firm network capability: a study of the Irish craft food sector

Title


The development of entrepreneurial firm network capability: a study of the Irish craft food sector

Authors


Helen McGrath and Thomas O’Toole

Place of Publication


The paper was published at the 33rd IMP-conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2017.

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Abstract


Focusing on the Irish craft food and drinks industry, the aim of this paper is to examine and gain a deeper understanding of the development of the network capability process. We define network capability emergence as the early phase development of the awareness, willingness and ability of the entrepreneurial firm to purposefully engage its network of business-to-business relationships to begin to gain access to resources held by other actors. Understanding network capability development provides a greater appreciation of the process through which entrepreneurial firms begin to realize and connect with their business-to-business networks and may generate new insights into the origins of capabilities for the entrepreneurial firm.