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Impact of charesteristics networks of enterpreneurs and managers on business performance of firms in Slovenia

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
5.04.00  Social sciences  Administrative and organisational sciences   

Code Science Field
S189  Social sciences  Organizational science 
entrepreneurship, social networks, growth, profitability
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Researchers (6)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  14119  PhD Boštjan Antončič  Economics  Head  2004 - 2007  538 
2.  24663  MSc Alen Balde  Law  Researcher  2004 - 2007  33 
3.  21889  PhD Roberto Biloslavo  Administrative and organisational sciences  Researcher  2004 - 2007  381 
4.  06165  PhD Dušan Lesjak  Administrative and organisational sciences  Researcher  2004 - 2007  715 
5.  24664  MSc Boris Mrak  Economics  Researcher  2004  76 
6.  23203  MSc Leo Zornada  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2004 - 2007  62 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  7097  University of Primorska, Faculty of management  Koper  1810014002  10,965 
Social network theory is a sociological theory that explains activities of actors (people, groups, or firms) and results of their actions on the basis of relationships between the actors, which form a social network. In entrepreneurship, particularly when owner-managers who start their own firms are concerned, three types of relational structures are of special importance: network for acquisition of resources for formation, start-up and activity of a firm, network for acquisition of information and advice that are important for the firm development, and friendship network. In the proposed study we mainly focus on the relationship between the entrepreneur''s personal network and business performance of his or her enterprise in terms of growth and profitability. The base research thesis states that the structure of relationships that forms the entrepreneur''s network influences growth and profitability of the firm. A series of hypotheses will be developed on the basis of the base thesis. Research findings will provide new knowledge about functioning of entrepreneurial networks and about impacts of entrepreneurial networks on business results, relevant both for science/research and practice. The key scientific newness is the development of new knowledge about the entrepreneur''s network on the basis of sub-networks. Useful information will be provided about each sub-network as well as about their combinations. On the basis of the research findings we will be able to make a prediction about which entrepreneurs have a higher possibility of success based on the structure of their networks, as well as to give useful advice to entrepreneurs in formation of their business and social networks. Since this study analyzes the imapact on growth and profitability of firms, the reasearch will provide also findings that are important at the level of Slovenian national economy.
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