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The convergence of communication networks and life-cycle stage: a North American case study

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The Case Study section of the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation serves two purposes. First, the case studies presented are concerned with problematical issues that are pertinent to students of entrepreneurship. Thus they constitute appropriate teaching and learning vehicles on a variety of postgraduate and undergraduate programmes. Each case study is accompanied by a set of guidelines for the use of tutors. Second, it is envisaged that those engaged in entrepreneurial activities will find the cases both interesting and useful.

This case study examines communication networks and the organizational life-cycle stage in the context of an entrepreneurial business venture in North America. Basic social network analysis modelling techniques are used to assess relative organizational maturity as predicted by general life-cycle models. The assessment of communication patterns provides visual and quantitative evidence of the correspondence between structural and relational organizational characteristics and the current life-cycle stage. Consistent with existing life-cycle stage theories, highly interconnected communication patterns are found in a new company. In addition, the utility of social network analysis techniques for empirically assessing the organizational life-cycle stage is confirmed.

Document Type: Case Report

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5367/000000008786208795

Publication date: November 1, 2008

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  • Published quarterly, this journal provides a worldwide forum for the exploration and dissemination of ideas and experience relating to the development and application of entrepreneurship. IJEI is interdisciplinary, publishing the highest-quality work in business and management and in the social sciences. Authors and readers are drawn from government, industry and universities. It has particular appeal to researchers and teachers in higher education, especially in business schools, and university departments of management, sociology and psychology.

    Each issue includes double-blind peer-reviewed papers; a case study with teaching notes, an 'Internet Review' section which identifies and reviews Websites on a selected topic, and book reviews. For key topics go to www.ippublishing.com.
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