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Composition of networks around entrepreneurs: cross-national comparisons in the Middle East and North Africa

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This paper investigates the composition of networks around entrepreneurs in the MENA region and how this composition differs amongst the 14 countries with regards to the size and diversity of the networks used at various stages of venture development. The findings indicate significant difference between entrepreneurs at various stages of venture development for network size and network diversity. The empirical results show that the more the network is diversified, the shorter the duration of the launch of the venture. The investigation also reveals that entrepreneurs with relative large networks are more likely to launch their business in a short time.

Keywords: entrepreneurs’ network, network composition, MENA region, global entrepreneurship monitor, GEM

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