"Who Do You Know?" Developing and Analyzing Entrepreneur Networks: An Analysis of the Entrepreneurial Environment of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Technical rept. Jan-Jun 2013
MILITARY ACADEMY WEST POINT NY NETWORK SCIENCE CENTER (NSC)
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Our research goal is to quantify the entrepreneurial network in such a way that the analysis provides concrete policy recommendations. Our Center has experimented with several data collection methodologies and we have developed an innovative yet simple technique that allows us to develop quantifiable entrepreneur networks. Our innovation is not to develop each individual entrepreneurs network but to understand the entire entrepreneurial network of the community in which the entrepreneur lives and operates. In order to develop this model, we have adapted a technique used in sociology to measure social capital called the Position Generator. This technique circumvents the massive effort of mapping an individuals social network before locating the social resources in it. By approaching the entrepreneurs network through the analysis of his connections to prominent structural positions in the community or society, researchers are able to construct measures that obtain information on the strength of ties and structural holes. For example, in a developing world entrepreneurial network these roles might include a non-governmental organization, a government program, or a family member.
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