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Type: Journal article
Title: Interpersonal trust, vigilance and social networks roles in the process of entrepreneurial opportunity recognition
Author: Gordon, S.R.
Citation: International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2007; 4(5):564-585
Publisher: Inderscience
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 1476-1297
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Scott R. Gordon
Abstract: This research examines the roles that an entrepreneur’s dispositions to interpersonal trust, and vigilance play in the process of opportunity recognition. An entrepreneur’s use of social networks as a resource in opportunity recognition is also examined. The basis of this investigation was an empirical study of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) entrepreneurs in Queensland, Australia. A series of 12 hypotheses were developed and tested in this research. Despite a modest sample size, five of the hypothesised relationships were supported. An entrepreneur’s dispositions to both trust and vigilance affected the outcomes of their opportunity identification behaviours. A disposition to excess vigilance inhibited the development of entrepreneurial opportunities. While, an extended social network and a trusting disposition were found to facilitate the development of entrepreneurial opportunities.
Keywords: entrepreneurship
opportunity recognition
social networks
Rights: Copyright © 2007 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2007.014390
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