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Bridging rural constraints - do rural entrepreneurs exploit online social capital differently than urbanized entrepreneurs?

Fischer, Philipp LU (2017) EKHM52 20171
Department of Economic History
Abstract (Swedish)
Social capital can be a vital resource for entrepreneurs but so far
research has not addressed how it is accessed through online communication
channels. This paper presents a new way of sourcing network information about
Swedish entrepreneurs and consequently explores whether rural entrepreneurs
utilize online social capital as much as entrepreneurs from urban or metropolitan
areas do. Theory implies rural entrepreneurs are constrained in working on the
size and structure of their network (bridging) and also are less affine to use new
social media sites, although social media facilitates enlarging the network size.
Multivariate regressions with data from LinkedIn show that rural entrepreneurs
use online bridging as much as their... (More)
Social capital can be a vital resource for entrepreneurs but so far
research has not addressed how it is accessed through online communication
channels. This paper presents a new way of sourcing network information about
Swedish entrepreneurs and consequently explores whether rural entrepreneurs
utilize online social capital as much as entrepreneurs from urban or metropolitan
areas do. Theory implies rural entrepreneurs are constrained in working on the
size and structure of their network (bridging) and also are less affine to use new
social media sites, although social media facilitates enlarging the network size.
Multivariate regressions with data from LinkedIn show that rural entrepreneurs
use online bridging as much as their urbanized counterparts after all but are still
limited by the size of their offline network. The results contribute to both the
entrepreneurship as well as the social capital literature and the paper is one of
the firsts that gives insights of the online network behaviour of entrepreneurs. (Less)
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author
Fischer, Philipp LU
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course
EKHM52 20171
year
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Entrepreneurship, Social Capital, Bridging, LinkedIn, Network
language
English
id
8914776
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2017-06-29 13:41:33
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  abstract     = {Social capital can be a vital resource for entrepreneurs but so far
research has not addressed how it is accessed through online communication
channels. This paper presents a new way of sourcing network information about
Swedish entrepreneurs and consequently explores whether rural entrepreneurs
utilize online social capital as much as entrepreneurs from urban or metropolitan
areas do. Theory implies rural entrepreneurs are constrained in working on the
size and structure of their network (bridging) and also are less affine to use new
social media sites, although social media facilitates enlarging the network size.
Multivariate regressions with data from LinkedIn show that rural entrepreneurs
use online bridging as much as their urbanized counterparts after all but are still
limited by the size of their offline network. The results contribute to both the
entrepreneurship as well as the social capital literature and the paper is one of
the firsts that gives insights of the online network behaviour of entrepreneurs.},
  author       = {Fischer, Philipp},
  keyword      = {Entrepreneurship,Social Capital,Bridging,LinkedIn,Network},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Bridging rural constraints - do rural entrepreneurs exploit online social capital differently than urbanized entrepreneurs?},
  year         = {2017},
}