The Networking Behaviour of Immigrant Entrepreneurs in South Africa

Olawale Fatoki, Olabanji Oni

Abstract


This study investigated the networking behavior of immigrant entrepreneurs during two different phases of business (start-up and established). Networking was divided into three types: social, official and business. The survey was qualitative in nature. Data was collected through the use of in-depth interviews from twenty nine immigrant entrepreneurs. The results indicated that social networks which can be categorised as strong ties are dominant during the start-up phase of business. Business networks which can be categorised as weak ties are dominant during the established stage of the business. However, social network also helps to provide resources during the established phase as most entrepreneurs at this stage use family members and co-ethnics as employees. The use of official networks is weak in both the start-up and established phases. Recommendations to improve networking by immigrant entrepreneurs are suggested.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2014.v5n20p284


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Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences ISSN 2039-9340(Print) ISSN 2039-2117(Online)

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