Not what you know - who you know

differences between the knowledge networks of first and second generation ethnic entrepreneurs

Yekta Mustafa, Stephen Chen

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Abstract

The knowledge networks of entrepreneurs play a critical role in the success of their enterprises. Recently, governments from around the world, including that of Australia, have invested considerable resources in the development of such networks in order to assist entrepreneurs. However, little research has been done to understand how such networks evolve over time, particularly in the Australian context. Using a series of qualitative case studies, this study examined the knowledge networks of seven ethnic entrepreneurial businesses based in Melbourne. Our findings indicate that significant differences exist between first and second-generation entrepreneurs, in both in the types of knowledge networks used and the specific knowledge acquired from them.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-26
Number of pages3
JournalMonash business review
Volume4
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • knowledge
  • networks
  • immigrant entrepreneurship
  • family business
  • Australia

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