Motivations and Realities in Women's Business Networking: A Welsh Case

Christine Atkinson

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    The aim of the paper is to highlight some interim findings from an ongoing action research project centred on a women's business network in South East Wales. This paper focuses on the motivations of women business owners for participation in the network and their actual experiences of dong so. It draws upon the business relationships literature social capital theory and previous entrepreneurship network research. It recognises the recent critique of the over-emphasis in the extant research on structural and quantifiable interactional dimensions and particularly the limitations in relation to providing an understanding of women's experience. It is proposed that women entrepreneurs need to better understand and draw upon the issues of demonstration of commitment, trust building, reciprocity information sharing and cooperation which lead to the building of social capital, in order to maximise the effectiveness of their business network activity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPROWESS 5th International Conference 2008 Proceedings
    Number of pages14
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    Event5th Annual International Prowess Conference (2008) - Peterborough, United Kingdom
    Duration: 20 Feb 200821 Feb 2008


    Conference5th Annual International Prowess Conference (2008)
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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