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Networks and Small Business Growth: An Explanatory Model


  • Donckels, Rik
  • Lambrecht, Johan


To date, there has been limited empirical research related to network theory. With this article, we have tried to fill this gap by testing an explanatory model of the impact of networks on small business growth. To analyze this causal relationship, the log-linear technique was used. The results suggest that networks have an influence on the growth of a small business, especially through contacts with national and international entrepreneurs. Copyright 1995 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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  • Donckels, Rik & Lambrecht, Johan, 1995. "Networks and Small Business Growth: An Explanatory Model," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 7(4), pages 273-289, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:sbusec:v:7:y:1995:i:4:p:273-89

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