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date: 23 October 2020

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Entrepreneurs are active networkers; network connections change over time, new contacts are added, and others are dropped. Entrepreneurial networking is an integral part of entrepreneurial processes and can be a strategic and goal-oriented response to resource requirements; it can also be effectual and driven by an individual and collective desire to meet and interact. This chapter examines how entrepreneurs change their network and use a variety of actions and strategies to engage with friends, family, partners, and strangers. Although entrepreneurial networking in part is driven by critical events and crises as triggers, individual differences in motivation and ability also affect the way entrepreneurs respond and use networking in an uncertain and challenging environment.

Keywords: networking, opportunity development, resource mobilization, legitimacy seeking, events/crisis, effectuation, agency

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