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Entrepreneurial social capital: conceptualizing social capital in new high-tech firms.

Anderson, Alistair; Park, John; Jack, Sarah

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Alistair Anderson

John Park

Sarah Jack



Abstract

Although the literature on social capital has increased dramatically in recent years, concerns have been raised about the expanse of applications of the term, diversity of constructs, definitions and variety of analyses. The purpose of this paper is to clarify the conceptualisation of social capital in entrepreneurship. To achieve this, the paper begins with a review of the extensive literature on social capital. This provides a preliminary theoretical framework about the nature and categories of social capital. Thereafter, an account is provided of an empirical study in which in-depth and extensive data was gathered about the social interactions of entrepreneurs from ten technology firms. Findings demonstrate that social capital is a social relational artefact produced in social interactions. It is not owned but represents a pool of goodwill residing in a social network and it can be envisaged as a revolving mutual fund of traded and un-traded interdependencies.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 30, 2007
Journal International small business journal: researching entrepreneurship
Print ISSN 0266-2426
Electronic ISSN 0174-1280
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 3
Pages 245-272
Institution Citation ANDERSON, A., PARK, J. and JACK, S. 2007. Entrepreneurial social capital: conceptualizing social capital in new high-tech firms. International small business journal: researching entrepreneurship [online], 25(3), pages 245-272. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1177/0266242607076526
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0266242607076526
Keywords Conceptualising social capital; Entrepreneurship; Social capital; Social networks

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