Caught in the net: The network-entrepreneurship connection in public schools

Ori Eyal*

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Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to explore the association between public schools' networks and strategies of entrepreneurship. Design/methodology/approach - The Public School Entrepreneurship Inventory (PSEI) and a questionnaire on schools' networks were administered to a stratified, random sample of teachers and principals from 140 Israeli elementary schools. Findings - It was found that although the network is associated with school entrepreneurship, it is limited to non-radical entrepreneurship. Thus, extensive connections in the school's network may be considered an advantage for some entrepreneurial purposes and a burden for others. It may therefore be concluded that extensive connections create pressure to conform with network norms, thus restricting radical endeavors. Orginality/value - The study bridges the gap between the general literature on networks and the literature on educational networks, reflecting how a school's entrepreneurship is contingent on the qualities of its network ties.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)386-398
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Management
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2008


  • Educational administration
  • Entrepreneurialism
  • Israel
  • Public schools


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