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Roles of Networks and Social Capital in the Success of International Entrepreneurs: Introduction

Roles of Networks and Social Capital in the Success of International Entrepreneurs: IntroductionThe purpose of this study is to analyze the role of networks and social capital of international entrepreneurs1, mainly the Chinese merchants in the success of their activities in Senegal. These networks can support the development of successful relationship environments. They can “create a dynamism which crystallizes local skills and demands scattered abroad”. This article starts from the idea that a successful implementation project in a foreign market depends on the ability of the contractor to mobilize the resources and expertise that facilitate the resolution of problems that may arise. The approach based on the resources and expertise is particularly relevant to analyze the role of networks and social capital in the success of international entrepreneurs. Payday Loans Online

In Africa, many Chinese entrepreneurs try to make things happen. They are generally traders and owners of restaurants. This leads to the proliferation of products “made in china” in the African markets. These latters, with relatively low prices, are accessible to people with low incomes. The success of these products in Africa has been a key factor of the arrival of new Chinese entrants. Thus, the proliferation of trade structures has known such a development that in some cities such as Dakar in Senegal, they are fully integrated in the urban landscape.
The relative success of Chinese entrepreneurs in Senegal, mainly traders, is not without creating problems for the local counterpart (Senegalese, Lebanese…). The latter react with acts of hostility, denigration and assault.
Despite this relatively hostile environment, the position of Chinese entrepreneurs seems to consolidate a little more each day. Their success may result from the importance of networks and social capital2. These, not only allow access to various opportunities, but also helps face different threats of the environment in which they operate.
In this context, what can be the role of networks and social capital in the success of international entrepreneurs, by Chinese traders in Senegal?
Using an inductive qualitative approach, based on individual interviews with Chinese traders and other people of the field (Senegalese merchants, Lebanese-Syrian government, trade unions…) in Senegal, our work will be shared into three parts:
–    First we will discuss about the relationship between international entrepreneurship, networks and social capital;
–    Then we will clarify the methodological choices we’ve made;
–    And finally, we will present the results of the survey and propose and open a discussion on it.

The purpose of this study is to analyze the role of networks and social capital of international entrepreneurs1, mainly the Chinese merchants in the success of their activities in Senegal. These networks can support the development of successful relationship environments. They can “create a dynamism which crystallizes local skills and demands scattered abroad”. This article starts from the idea that a successful implementation project in a foreign market depends on the ability of the contractor to mobilize the resources and expertise that facilitate the resolution of problems that may arise. The approach based on the resources and expertise is particularly relevant to analyze the role of networks and social capital in the success of international entrepreneurs. Payday Loans Online In

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