The Dynamics of Entrepreneurial Contexts
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The Dynamics of Entrepreneurial Contexts

Frontiers in European Entrepreneurship Research

Edited by Ulla Hytti, Robert Blackburn and Silke Tegtmeier

Context is everything in entrepreneurship research. This book compellingly demonstrates the ways in which the distinctive European cultural, societal and geographic environments enable research into new entrepreneurial phenomena. It also gives guidance as to how future research should endeavour to understand the influences of context.
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Chapter 3: The role of trust and bridging social capital in immigrant business owners’ start-up process

Satu Aaltonen and Elisa Akola


What is the role of trust and bridging social capital in immigrant business owners’ start-up processes? We tackle this question by interviewing immigrant business owners in Finland. The chapter applies a novel synthesis of Nahapiet and Ghoshal’s (1998) three-dimensional model of social capital and Höhmann and Malieva’s (2005) categorization of the forms of trust to case studies chosen from an original data set of 64 interviews. Incidences of both trusting and distrusting were recognized, and we identified the behavioural patterns or factors that build trust or damage it. These incidences were used to validate the combined trust and social capital framework.

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