Measurement of an individual entrepreneur’s social capital: a multidimensional model
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The aim of this paper is twofold. First of all, we participate in the open discussion on the nature of social capital and we show that the one-dimensional approach is not enough to capture the complex nature of social capital. Second, we present, implement and validate a specific three-dimensional measurement tool that can be used to analyze the role of social capital in further entrepreneurship research. The measurement tool is implemented through a Structural Equation Model, which is estimated and validated from a database including information from 282 Argentinean entrepreneurs who answered a questionnaire specifically designed for this research. Our measurement model considers the dimensions proposed by Koka and Prescott (Strategic Management Journal, 23:795–816, 2002), i.e. relational, resources and structural.
KeywordsEntrepreneur Social capital Measurement model Structural equation model
Iván Arribas and José Vila thank both the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology, and European Feder Funds for financial support under projects SEJ2007-66581 and ECO-2010-20584.
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