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A presentation to a graduate network analysis seminar on a research framework for studying the role of social capital and networks in entrepreneurship studies

A presentation to a graduate network analysis seminar on a research framework for studying the role of social capital and networks in entrepreneurship studies

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    • Social Capital and Entrepreneurship Fr a m e w o r k s a n d M e t h o d o l o g i e s
    • Or, Why everyone else but me is wrong
    • Outcome of years of research on entrepreneurship and social capital: It's important........but why?
    • There's disagreement over what is social capital: is it network resources or social norms?
    • Data collection and analysis is largely ad-hoc and atheoretical
    • Entrepreneurs not only differ in the resources in their network, but also their ability to access those resources.
    • Social actors and their networks are embedded in what Bourdieu calls fields. The value of capital and resources differs based on the field.
    • Entrepreneurs are social virtuosos – they are skilled at navigating the social intricacies of multiple fields in order to extract resources from their networks.
    • Family Bankers Friends Co-Workers
    • Family Bankers Industrial Ethnic Friends Co-Workers Educational
    • Entrepreneurs must be able to navigate their interactions across multiple fields
    • All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts, ~As You Like It, Act II Scene VII
    • Different fields require different kinds of social capital Banker Friend Colleague Co-worker Ex-boss Golf buddy Entrepreneur
    • Different fields require different kinds of social capital Rich Uncle Father Aunt Entrepreneur
    • What resources are important?