Entrepreneurs and business networks in contemporary Andalucia
Keywords:Entrepreneurship and Social Networking, Business History, Regional Studies, Andalusia
AbstractIn recent years there has been renewed interest toward the entrepreneur and its role in economic development. In the case of Spain, but especially in the less developed regions such as Andalusia, the entrepreneur has been identified as responsible for economic backwardness. This paper is an approach to the long-term study of Andalusian entrepreneurship. We have applied the methodology of social network analysis to the documentation of incorporation contained in official records between the years 1886 and 1959. This has verified the presence of major business creation networks acting in all productive sectors of the region, constituting an endogenous entrepreneurial drive regardless of the actions of entrepreneurs and foreign companies.
The study of the personal characteristics of network members and their comparison with those of employers who did not participate in them suggests that the networks included the most dynamic
entrepreneurs. Among network members was an important presence of owners and college graduation, specially law graduates and engineers. It has also identified the importance of family ties in the configuration of business networks.
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