Today I started with the last interpretations of the data I gathered for the third article of my thesis. At the end of the weekend I want to deliver a first draft to my promotor and within the next week I will discuss this draft with him and make a plan to deliver the thesis by the end of this year.
For the interpretation of the data I used the tool MaxQda that was provided by the university. A student of the university put the nine interviews I made into text files and I imported all these data into MaxQda. In this tool I was able to label the most important quotes of the employees. I used labels like: Online relatives, cooperation among members, associability to collective goals, bussines contacts, five different labels for building trust, etc…
The quotes of the employees were used to draw conclusions about the way employees of former student entrepreneurs used their network in favor of their company and how the former student entrepreneur was able to motivate his employees to do so.
I handed in the final version of my second article. The first version is of september 2014, so it has seen a lot of revisions over the years. I really did my best to go into the needed details and I hope my promotor(s) will like this version, so I can start with searching a scientific magazin to get it published.
This is the abstract:
“This article explores the development of strong and weak ties in the social network of nascent student entrepreneurs and the role the five mechanisms of social networking play in the process of opportunity recognition and resource mobilization, through a longitudinal case study among seventeen student start-ups in the period 2009-2013. Recent studies have focused on which networks would help entrepreneurs to become successful and what would be the best mix of strong ties and weak ties to build an organization upon. Only a few studies focused on how networks develop over time and the role the mechanisms of social networking play in this development.