Network not Utilized: The Case of Ultra-Orthodox Female Micro-Entrepreneurs in Israel
Vol. Volume 21, Number 1 March/2016
Yisca Monnickendam-Givon Dafna Schwartz & Benjamin Gidron
The study examines the role of social networks in the Ultra-Orthodox community in Israel as a tool for promoting micro-entrepreneurial success. To date, research has shown that social network structure is a salient factor in the successful management of micro-businesses. We explored network size, number of strong, weak and betweenness ties of Ultra-Orthodox Women Micro-Entrepreneurs,a distinct social-religious enclave that remains largely unexplored. Contrary to literature, our findings show that Ultra-Orthodox Women Micro-Entrepreneurs have a narrow network in all parameters explored. Although they have a far-reaching social network, it is virtually unutilized in promoting their micro-businesses. Theoretical and policy implications are discussed.
Micro-Entrepreneurship; Social Networks; Ultra-Orthodox Women.