Analyzing Entrepreneurial Social Networks with Big Data

Feng Wang, Elizabeth A. Mack, Ross Maciewjewski

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

    Abstract

    As we begin to understand who uses particular social media platforms, this user information represents a way forward for understanding the types of research questions for which big data might prove valuable. In this respect, the use of social media data for analyzing entrepreneurial networks represents a promising research domain. Not only does the user profile of social media users overlap substantially with the profile of entrepreneurs, but research highlights that the entrepreneurial process is a fundamentally networked activity. Given this research promise, this study analyzes digitally mediated interactions using Twitter data collected about a variety of actors engaged in entrepreneurial networks for the United States over an eighteen-month period. Analytical results reveal that the hashtags used in this analysis (#smallbiz and #entrepreneur) do capture (albeit not exhaustively) well-known actors in entrepreneurial networks, as well as important subtleties in the geography of locales engaged in these networks. The article closes with an agenda for big data research on entrepreneurship that highlights the important role of geographers in unraveling these networked geographies given the complexities of ground-truthing geographic information from big data sources.

    LanguageEnglish (US)
    Pages1-21
    Number of pages21
    JournalAnnals of the American Association of Geographers
    DOIs
    StateAccepted/In press - Sep 30 2016

    Profile

    social network
    social media
    entrepreneur
    geography
    twitter
    entrepreneurship
    interaction
    analysis

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Earth-Surface Processes
    • Geography, Planning and Development

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    Analyzing Entrepreneurial Social Networks with Big Data. / Wang, Feng; Mack, Elizabeth A.; Maciewjewski, Ross.

    In: Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 30.09.2016, p. 1-21.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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