Space and social capital: The degree of locality in entrepreneurs' contacts and its consequences for firm success

V.A.J.M. Schutjens, B.G.M. Völker

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Abstract

Social capital is valuable for entrepreneurs starting a business. Although many small businesses are located at the entrepreneurs’ dwelling, little is known about entrepreneurs’ local ties and their relevance for firm success. Distinguishing between local and non-local social capital, this contribution looks at the following: (1) The availability of local social capital (2) The relation between social capital and local social capital, and characteristics of firms and entrepreneurs (3) The relation between social capital and local social capital and firm performance. Analysing data from the Survey of the Social Networks of Entrepreneurs, which contains information on entrepreneurs and their networks in 141 Dutch neighbourhoods, this study finds a positive relation between social capital and firm performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)941-963
Number of pages23
JournalEuropean Planning Studies
Volume18
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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