The role of social networks and internet-based virtual environments in social entrepreneurship: A conceptual model

Avimanyu Datta, Len Jessup

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Abstract

We present a parsimonious theoretical model that illustrates how Internet-based virtual environments (such as social networking Web sites) moderate the relationship between social networks and social entrepreneurship. Social networks promote social entrepreneurship by means of (a) technology and knowledge transfer; (b) locating information; (c) generating entrepreneurial opportunities; (d) building entrepreneurial competency; (e) financing innovation; and (f) building effective networks for commercialization of innovations. Internet based virtual environments increase the velocity with which online social networks are formed and operationalized. They, thus, have a moderating effect in the relationship between social networks and social entrepreneurship. We also represent three concepts that are core to social networks: density, centrality, and heterogeneity. We posit that all three explain variance in social entrepreneurship and that Internet based virtual environments moderate each of the relationships these three elements of social networks have with social entrepreneurship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication15th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2009, AMCIS 2009
Number of pages1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Event15th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2009, AMCIS 2009 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 6 2009Aug 9 2009

Publication series

Name15th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2009, AMCIS 2009
Volume1

Other

Other15th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2009, AMCIS 2009
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period8/6/098/9/09

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences

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Datta, A., & Jessup, L. (2009). The role of social networks and internet-based virtual environments in social entrepreneurship: A conceptual model. In 15th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2009, AMCIS 2009 (15th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2009, AMCIS 2009; Vol. 1).