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Caught in the net: the network‐entrepreneurship connection in public schools

Caught in the net: the network‐entrepreneurship connection in public schools 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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Educational Management Emerald Publishing

Caught in the net: the network‐entrepreneurship connection in public schools

International Journal of Educational Management , Volume 22 (5): 13 – Jun 20, 2008

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0951-354X
DOI
10.1108/09513540810883131
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Abstract

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.

Journal

International Journal of Educational ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 20, 2008

Keywords: Public schools; Entrepreneurialism; Educational administration; Israel

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