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Levels of Multiplexity in Entrepreneur’s Networks: Implications for Dynamism and Value Creation

Martin J. Bliemel / Ian P. McCarthy / Elicia M. A. Maine
Published Online: 2015-08-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/erj-2015-0001


Relationships and networks are important to how entrepreneurs create value. However, many aspects about relationships and networks remain poorly understood because their characteristics are often reduced to one-dimensional variables or dichotomous measures. This paper unpacks the concept of multiplexity and proposes a hierarchy of four different levels (social, relational, strategic, and closed). Each level is associated with a different level of dynamism which governs how rapidly entrepreneurs can alter their network. The hierarchy of multiplexity and associated levels of dynamism, have implications regarding different value creation processes that are associated with these network conditions.

Keywords: entrepreneurship; networks; multiplexity; dynamism; value creation

JEL: M00 – General


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Published Online: 2015-08-20

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Citation Information: Entrepreneurship Research Journal, Volume 6, Issue 3, Pages 247–272, ISSN (Online) 2157-5665, ISSN (Print) 2194-6175, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/erj-2015-0001.

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