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Networking and e-government for local development: experiences gained by entrepreneurs in small enterprises in Sweden
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Media and Design. (LINA)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2118-2152
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3914-3212
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, ISSN 1476-1297, E-ISSN 1741-8054, Vol. 29, no 2, p. 154-175Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper aims to analyse experiences gained by entrepreneurs in small enterprises located in a region undergoing structural change, focusing on networking and e-government for local development. The study is a further development of a study that focused on how municipalities supported entrepreneurship and destination development. In-depth qualitative interviews were made with twelve entrepreneurs from ten small enterprises. Based on a theoretical discussion of networking, e-government and social media marketing, the results indicate that networks and strategic networking were important in order to develop their enterprises, which also contributed to local development. The importance of initial face-to-face contacts in order to build business relationships in networks was stressed. The use of local e-government was hitherto limited to e-services for public procurement, the use of social media marketing was limited due to lack of time, competence and motivation for most of the entrepreneurs.

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InderScience Publishers, 2016. Vol. 29, no 2, p. 154-175
Keywords [en]
e-government, social media marketing, e-governance, networking, small enterprises, destination development, innovation
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Business Administration
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SOCIAL SCIENCE, Informatics; Work Integrated Learning; SOCIAL SCIENCE, Business administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-9846DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2016.078701Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84986207138OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-9846DiVA, id: diva2:957507
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