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The entrepreneurial network of Muslim Women Entrepreneurs: the study of multiple-cases of small businesses in the Southern Region of Malaysia

Omar, Siti Sarah (2015) The entrepreneurial network of Muslim Women Entrepreneurs: the study of multiple-cases of small businesses in the Southern Region of Malaysia. In: 2nd AFAP International Conference on Entrepreneurship and Business Management (AICEBM 2015), 10-11 January 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


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This paper seeks to empirically explore the dynamics of strong and weak ties within Muslim female entrepreneurs' networks during critical problems ("tipping points’’),and how this affects the subsequent performance of the small businesses. The literature review shows that many studies have explored the mix of strong and weak ties in small businesses linking them to stages of business development. More recent literature, however, has conceptualised firm growth through the notion of critical problems or ‘tipping points' that must be successfully tackled in order to continue on a development path. While the importance of network ties has been well documented in relation to growth stages, limited work has investigated the contribution that strong and weak ties make as a firm faces specific "tipping points”,thus showing a call for further investigation. This is a qualitative study involving four cases of small-sized food manufacturing firms in the Southern region of Malaysia. The main data collection method is an in-depth interviews with the owner-managers using Critical Incident Interview Technique. The triangulation of data has been carried out by interviewing individuals who are seen as strong and weak ties of the network. They suggest that the dynamics of strong and weak ties are essential during the "tipping points". The findings have implications for firms, networks and the government. It also provides a detailed understanding on the nature of entrepreneurial network of entrepreneurs in Malaysia. Recommendations are presented that address the need to support small businesses in dealing with critical problems in relation to their networking practices.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: entrepreneurial network; tipping points; small business
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF1101-1186 Business education. Commercial education
Divisions: Faculty of Technology Management and Business > Department of Production and Operation Management
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2015 07:10
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2015 07:10
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/6507
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