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What are the interpersonal antecedents of women’s network satisfaction? A study conducted with French women entrepreneurs
Bourdil, Maryline mailto []
Geraudel, Mickaël mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance (FDEF) > Center for Research in Economic Analysis (CREA) >]
Gender in Management
[en] Networking ; Women entrepreneurs ; Social capital ; Network satisfaction
[en] This study aimed to determine whether women entrepreneurs are satisfied with belonging to a women’s network, as this issue is crucial for network performance and legitimacy. We tested our hypotheses on a sample of 127 French women entrepreneurs who belonged to women's networks using multiple regression analysis. We showed that these women entrepreneurs were satisfied when they developed strong ties and when cliques in the network were limited. Education had a negative effect: the higher the educational level, the less satisfaction with their networks the women reported.
Our survey findings suggest ways that managers can optimize network satisfaction to keep current members while continuing to add new ones: create an environment with no cliques where members can develop strong ties. This means connecting members with similar values or status and common interests, while making sure that cliques do not develop. To our knowledge, satisfaction with professional women’s networks has never been studied. We highlight the role of strong ties in these networks and identify the contingent effect of cliques.

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