Currently published as: Gender in Management: An International Journal
Online from: 1985
Subject Area: Human Resource Management
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|Title:||Entrepreneurial network composition: An analysis across venture development stage and gender|
|Author(s):||Kim Klyver, (Department of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management, University of Southern Denmark, Kolding, Denmark), Siri Terjesen, (Brisbane Graduate School of Business, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia Max Planck Institute of Economics, Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy, Jena, Germany)|
|Citation:||Kim Klyver, Siri Terjesen, (2007) "Entrepreneurial network composition: An analysis across venture development stage and gender", Women In Management Review, Vol. 22 Iss: 8, pp.682 - 688|
|Keywords:||Business formation, Entrepreneurialism, Gender, Social networks|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/09649420710836344 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore gender differences in the composition of entrepreneurs' networks at four new venture stages: discovery, emergence, young, and established.
Design/methodology/approach – The study used ANOVA and linear regression on a sample of 134 female and 266 male entrepreneurs.
Findings – Female entrepreneurs have significantly lower proportions of males in their social networks in early venture development stages, but similar levels at later stages.
Research limitations/implications – Taken together, the findings suggest that, just as women in traditional organizations adapt social networks similar to men in order to succeed, their entrepreneurial counterparts build more “male-oriented” networks as they proceed through venture phases.
Originality/value – This study uses a representative sample of male and female entrepreneurs to explore network composition at four distinct stages. The findings suggest that female entrepreneurs who are able to persist in the new venture process develop networks similar to their male counterparts.
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