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Title: University engagement with small business : understanding the role of networks and social capital
Author: Gordon, Ian Stuart
ISNI:       0000 0004 5989 2701
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2016
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This support paper or wrap explains the connectedness, coherence and contribution of five articles I have published over a six-year period between 2010 and 2016 while employed by Lancaster University as the founding Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR). These articles form a connected body of work specifically designed to extend knowledge and understanding about small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) management. Specifically this work is concerned with the role of a university in creating networks of SME owner/managers enrolled on growth-oriented programmes and the dynamics of the development and maintenance of social capital that occurred during programme participation. Two programmes specifically designed for SMEs were studied throughout this period. First the LEAD programme with its emphasis on leadership and second the GOLD programme that looks to simulate the role of a non-executive director (NED). The underpinning theoretical theme this thesis, and its constituent five articles, presents concerns an exploration of the relationship between university business engagement programmes designed for SMEs and the impacts the programmes have on participating owner/managers. These works use the theoretical lenses of social networks and social capital.
Supervisor: Jack, Sarah Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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