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Finding the hidden value in SME networks
Simon Fraser University.
Kent Business School, University of Kent.
Department of Marketing, Bentley College.
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2008 (English)In: International Journal of Enterprise Network Management, ISSN 1748-1260, Vol. 2, no 2, 145-166 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Drawing on both social network and social capital theory, this study explores the formation of 'elusive ensembles' on the internet in BioTech Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs). Social network and structural hole theories are combined to identify the social capital associated with a network, and this in turn is used to signal entrepreneurial opportunity. Interestingly the findings outline areas where better network coordination is possible. Specifically, the research suggests that entrepreneurial opportunities exist (1) to develop better relationships with those key actors who can exert influence on the network and (2) for enhancing value in the distribution channel by taking on the role as a network intermediary where suitable.

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InderScience Publishers, 2008. Vol. 2, no 2, 145-166 p.
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small and medium-sized enterprises, SMEs, biotech, SME networks, online networks, biotechnology, social networks, social capital, entrepreneurial opportunity, entrepreneurship, internet, network coordination
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Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-58904DOI: 10.1504/IJENM.2008.016596OAI: diva2:474325
QC 20120110Available from: 2012-01-26 Created: 2012-01-09 Last updated: 2012-01-26Bibliographically approved

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