Motivations and challenges of network formation: entrepreneur and intermediary perspectives

Nigel Lockett, Sarah Jack, Joanne Larty

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This article presents findings from 14 in-depth interviews looking into the motivations and challenges of intermediaries and entrepreneurs engaged in the formation of a networking group for the information and communication technologies sector. The findings show that issues around communication and expectations exist and that the mechanisms used to address this problem create an environment that promotes a short term perspective, overlooking the importance of social relations. To overcome these issues, it is important that policymakers and entrepreneurs work in partnership to ensure resources are targeted appropriately and in a way that is conducive to supporting an entrepreneurial environment in the long term.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)866-889
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Small Business Journal
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013


  • regional networks
  • network formation
  • entrepreneurs
  • regional economic development
  • intermediaries


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