The Changing Global Economy and its Impact on International Entrepreneurship
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The Changing Global Economy and its Impact on International Entrepreneurship

Edited by Hamid Etemad, Stefano Denicolai, Birgit Hagen and Antonella Zuchella

The Changing Global Economy and its Impact on International Entrepreneurship addresses different changes and challenges which small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) face in an economy where they need to compete at home and cannot refrain from participating in international markets. This volume presents a collection of 12 carefully selected chapters that highlight challenging real-world cases to illustrate a variety of difficult problems. The book presents an analytical framework with three levels of analysis – entrepreneurial level, firm level, and institutional level – to document comprehensive, realistic and experientially-based entrepreneurial initiatives, potent firm and public policy strategies with solid results.
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Chapter 5: The dynamic development of international entrepreneurial networks

Vaiva Stanisauskaite and Sören Kock


Network studies aim to examine relationships between companies, and broadly analyze the structure of networks. The overtime dynamics of networking process, however, remain underexplored. The aims of this study are to explore main network research streams by identifying characteristics and measures of networks and to examine how the content of networks changes through different stages of the company creation process (motivation), planning and establishment. The goal is to incorporate networks into the international entrepreneurship literature and discuss a framework for network dynamics in the firms’ creation process. In this chapter we draw a model of main network research perspectives, analyze the characteristics and the measurements of networks, and review the literature of network dynamics. Finally, we generate four propositions from theoretical discussion concerning change by showing that networks do not remain static, which should serve to guide us toward future empirical research.

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