Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the association between public schools' networks and strategies of entrepreneurship. Design/methodology/approach – The Public School Entrepreneurship Inventory (PSEI) and a questionnaire on schools' networks were administered to a stratified, random sample of teachers and principals from 140 Israeli elementary schools. Findings – It was found that although the network is associated with school entrepreneurship, it is limited to non‐radical entrepreneurship. Thus, extensive connections in the school's network may be considered an advantage for some entrepreneurial purposes and a burden for others. It may therefore be concluded that extensive connections create pressure to conform with network norms, thus restricting radical endeavors. Orginality/value – The study bridges the gap between the general literature on networks and the literature on educational networks, reflecting how a school's entrepreneurship is contingent on the qualities of its network ties.
International Journal of Educational Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jun 20, 2008
Keywords: Public schools; Entrepreneurialism; Educational administration; Israel