Mentoring Informal Networks in the Technological Based Incubator Environment: The Support to the Entrepreneurial Career Development

  • Helder Pontes Régis MPGE - Mestrado Profissional em Gestão Empresarial
  • Sônia Maria Rodrigues Calado Dias Mestrado Profissional em Gestão Empresarial - MPGE
  • Paulo Thiago Nunes Bezerra de Melo Universidade Católica de Pernambuco - UNICAP

Abstract

This study describes the structure of the incubated entrepreneurs’ networks. More specifically, it shows the embedded mentoring relationships in the network structures as part of the entrepreneurial career development. It is a case study that involved technological based incubators of Recife - Brazil. The mentoring informal networks are analyzed in order to show the individuals relevant positions. For the mentoring functions evaluation, an instrument was built and validated. Sociograms were constructed by means of Ucinet and Netdraw. The analysis enable the identification of the actors that perform important roles to the mentoring informal networks maintenance and expansion, as well as important roles to the relationships dynamics. The findings give evidence that the entrepreneurs’ networks structures are based on mentors’ social roles diversity and on strong ties. The theoretical and practical implications for the incubated entrepreneurs’ network construction are discussed, along with suggestions for future research.

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Author Biographies

Helder Pontes Régis, MPGE - Mestrado Profissional em Gestão Empresarial
Professor Adjunto do Mestrado Profissional em Gestão Empresarial (MPGE/FBV) e do Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica de Pernambuco (CEFET-PE). Mestre e Doutor em Administração pela UFPE. Áreas de pesquisa: redes sociais, empreendedorismo, mentoria e incubadoras de empresas.
Sônia Maria Rodrigues Calado Dias, Mestrado Profissional em Gestão Empresarial - MPGE
Professora Titular e Coordenadora do Mestrado Profissional em Gestão Empresarial (MPGE/FBV). Ph.D. pela Georia State University (GSU) e Mestrado em Administração pela COPPEAD. Áreas de pesquisa: modelo brasileiro de mentoria e liderança através do Laboratório Experimental de Mentoria e Liderança.
Paulo Thiago Nunes Bezerra de Melo, Universidade Católica de Pernambuco - UNICAP
Pesquisador da Universidade Católica de Pernambuco (UNICAP). Áreas de pesquisa: redes sociais, empreendedorismo, mentoria e incubadoras de empresas.
Published
2006-12-30
How to Cite
Régis, H. P., Dias, S. M. R. C., & Melo, P. T. N. B. de. (2006). Mentoring Informal Networks in the Technological Based Incubator Environment: The Support to the Entrepreneurial Career Development. Journal of Technology Management & Innovation, 1(5), 40-52. Retrieved from https://www.jotmi.org/index.php/GT/article/view/art29
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Research Articles