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The Spatial Embeddedness of Networks for Women Entrepreneurs

In: Entrepreneurship in the Region


  • Friederike Welter
  • Lutz Trettin


Unlike well established firms, new businesses have to build up their resource base and gain legitimacy in the market. Here, networks provide access to opportunities and resources such as local contacts to customers and suppliers, information on potential business partners as well as advice and mentoring fi*om established entrepreneurs. Some research has shown an association between successfiil entrepreneurship and involvement in networking activity (e.g. Birley et al, 1991; Brüerl and Preisendörfer, 1998; Chell and Baines 1998; Jenssen, 2001). With respect to women entrepreneurship, social capital can take on additional importance, since it can contribute to entrepreneurial confidence, thus assisting women entrepreneurs in overcoming resource barriers.

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  • Friederike Welter & Lutz Trettin, 2006. "The Spatial Embeddedness of Networks for Women Entrepreneurs," International Studies in Entrepreneurship, in: Michael Fritsch & Juergen Schmude (ed.), Entrepreneurship in the Region, chapter 3, pages 35-59, Springer.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:inschp:978-0-387-28376-0_3
    DOI: 10.1007/0-387-28376-5_3

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    1. Brink, Siegrun & Kriwoluzky, Silke & Bijedic, Teita & Ettl, Kerstin & Welter, Friederike, 2014. "Gender, Innovation und Unternehmensentwicklung," IfM-Materialien 228, Institut für Mittelstandsforschung (IfM) Bonn.


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