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dc.contributor.advisorButler, John S. (John Sibley)en
dc.contributor.advisorBuckley, Cynthia J.en
dc.creatorDixon, Joby Edwarden
dc.date.accessioned2011-06-24T21:05:46Zen
dc.date.available2011-06-24T21:05:46Zen
dc.date.issued2003-05en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/11957en
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dc.description.abstractMore than 3 million American business firms begin operation every year. Despite the frequency of business startup, entrepreneurship is still not well understood. Researchers of entrepreneurship have created a rich, but conflicting, picture of the process of business creation. Little consensus exists as to the role various influences play in the stages of entrepreneurship, or the elements that determine the final outcome of entrepreneurial ventures. This study examines the personal networks of nascent entrepreneurs to determine how their networks differ by gender and race. The first wave of the Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics is used to analyze the network size, the composition of resources available to the entrepreneur through her or his network, and the degree of gender and race homophily of entrepreneurial networks. The results are largely consistent with prior studies. No difference is found in network size for race or gender. The number of resources received from the network does not differ by gender, but blacks receive more resources from their networks than whites. Men have more homophilious networks than women. Black women have especially high levels of network homophily, which may affect their choice to enter entrepreneurship and restrict the number of resources they receive from their networks. These results suggest that networks differ by gender and race, and these factors are an important consideration when studying nascent entrepreneurs' networks.
dc.format.mediumelectronicen
dc.language.isoengen
dc.rightsCopyright is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en
dc.subjectWomen-owned business enterprises--United Statesen
dc.subjectMinority business enterprises--United Statesen
dc.subjectSocial networks--Economic aspectsen
dc.titlePathways to success : exploring the personal networks of female and minority entrepreneursen
dc.description.departmentSociologyen
thesis.degree.departmentSociologyen
thesis.degree.disciplineSociologyen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen
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