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An exploratory study on the potential value add of social networking to the Entrepreneurial process

Alex Antonites, W Kliphuis
The Southern African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management | Vol 4, No 1 | a23 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajesbm.v4i1.23 | © 2015 The Southern African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
Submitted: 17 July 2015 | Published: 31 December 2011

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Abstract

It is widely established in scientific literature that entrepreneurship directly contributes to both employment generation and economic growth. Entrepreneurship is said to be subject to a very specific process which includes opportunity recognition, resource allocation, innovation and networking. Networking specifically, is an essential part of the entrepreneurial process as it is employed to assist entrepreneurs to capitalise on opportunities, allocate resources, find ways to innovate and contest ambiguity. With the advent of Web 2.0 and online social networking platforms the way in which people exchange information and network has changed significantly and has spawned a new social culture on a global level. The purpose of this study is to examine the value that online social networking adds to the entrepreneurial process, specifically focussing on the South African landscape.

Keywords and phrases: Entrepreneurship; Networking; Social capital; Social networking; Social media


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