Female entrepreneurs, networking, structural dimension, relational dimension, narratives


Over the past few years, much has been written about the rapid spread of various types of firm networking, the area of female entrepreneurs networks and small business entrepreneurship is still a challenging research field. This study aims to explore the role of female entrepreneurs networks and examine the important influences of female entrepreneurs networking behaviour. Pilot studies are mostly under-reported in the qualitative research literature and this article specifically focuses on the pilot study findings. Having established that a qualitative methodology is most suitable for this study, the in-depth narrative interviews and observation are deemed particularly suitable research tools. For this study, the pilot work was conducted in London prior to the main stage of data gathering in Sri Lanka. Five Sri Lankan migrant women entrepreneurs in London were purposively approached and interviewed. Findings show that the female entrepreneurs networking experience provides valuable insight for developing their own small businesses. More specifically, the majority of the female entrepreneurs emphasized the purpose-driven nature of their contacts and they organized their networks around the family and social domains rather than professional ties. Further, influences: competing family responsibilities and business matters (being a good mum), gender, trust and running a home-based business, are important and they affect the networking behaviour of female entrepreneurs. Thi

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