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How social and human capital influence opportunity recognition and resource mobilization in India's handloom industry

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  • Bhagavatula, Suresh
  • Elfring, Tom
  • van Tilburg, Aad
  • van de Bunt, Gerhard G.
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    Small-scale firms in rural areas play an extremely important role in the development of any country, and especially in developing countries. To understand entrepreneurs who operate in a low-technology industry, we rely on the network perspective on entrepreneurship. In this paper, we investigate how the social and human capital of entrepreneurs (in this case master weavers in the handloom industry) influence their ability to recognize opportunities and mobilize resources. In addition to examining the direct effects, we also explore the possibilities of social capital mediating between human capital, on the one hand, and opportunity recognition and resource mobilization on the other. This paper adds to existing literature in two ways: firstly, we expand the social capital paradigm by including different cultural settings and links to existing studies regarding small enterprises. Secondly, we provide additional evidence to the ongoing debate as to what constitutes a 'good network'.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Business Venturing.

    Volume (Year): 25 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 3 (May)
    Pages: 245-260

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    Keywords: Entrepreneurship Social networks Handloom industry Craft industry;

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    1. Petra Andries & Dirk Czarnitzki, 2014. "Small firm innovation performance and employee involvement," Small Business Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 43(1), pages 21-38, June.
    2. Bernard Dussuc & Sébastien Geindre, 2012. "Capital social, théorie des réseaux sociaux et recherche en PME : une revue de la littérature," Post-Print, HAL halshs-00747912, HAL.
    3. Simone Santoni & Paolo Ferri & Maria Lusiani, 2013. "Novelty Conduits and Forms of Network Ties: To Bond or to Bridge?," Working Papers 34, Department of Management, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia.
    4. Yuan Li & Haowen Chen & Yi Liu & Mike Peng, 2014. "Managerial ties, organizational learning, and opportunity capture: A social capital perspective," Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Springer, Springer, vol. 31(1), pages 271-291, March.
    5. Mohammad Reza Meigounpoory & Pedram Yazdani & Parvin Mirmiran & Mostafa Maleki Someah Lu, 2011. "Study on the impact of dietitians occupational status on their recognition of ntrepreneurial opportunities in the field of nutrition counseling for diabetic patients," Far East Journal of Psychology and Business, Far East Research Centre, Far East Research Centre, vol. 4(2), pages 15-23, September.
    6. Stam, Wouter & Arzlanian, Souren & Elfring, Tom, 2014. "Social capital of entrepreneurs and small firm performance: A meta-analysis of contextual and methodological moderators," Journal of Business Venturing, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 29(1), pages 152-173.
    7. Waleed Omri & Audrey Becuwe, 2014. "Managerial characteristics and entrepreneurial internationalization: A study of Tunisian SMEs," Journal of International Entrepreneurship, Springer, Springer, vol. 12(1), pages 8-42, March.

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