Mentoring Entrepreneurial Networks: mapping conceptions of participants in technological-based business incubators in Brazil


Shared significance on the role of the network



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Shared significance on the role of the network

Initially the Chart that comprises the central nucleus is shown, or rather, the group of more stable evocations on the role of the network with regards to career development - Chart 2. The intermediate and peripheral evocations that compose the other quadrants are presented in the cognitive map.

Chart 2. Evocations concerning the network role with AOE < 2,9 and Frequency > 4,3

The cognitive map that provides a graphic view of the shared significance on the role of the network in career development follows. This map is also divided into three parts: initially – Figure 5 – the basic categories of the contents evoked are pictured. The next map contains the basic categories and is divided into two parts – Figures 6 and 7 – that portray the evocations by the entrepreneurs on the role of the network. The statements emphasized in boldface are also evocations of larger statistical significance, or the central nucleus, presented in Chart 2.

The cognitions evoked appear congruent with the career and psychosocial functions of mentoring (Kram, 1985). Besides this, the categories “opportunities” and “facility in the access of specialized resources” are presented as being specific to the context studied. The results point to significance sharing on the role of the network with regards to career development among the incubated entrepreneurs.





Figure 5. Map of the basic categories with regard to the role of the network to the career development

Figure 6 presents, on the left side, the evocations that regard the categories of “Career Development”, “Opportunities”, “Furtherance in the access for special resources”, “mentor” and “psychosocial support functions”. These concepts compose the first shared categories with relation to the role of the network in career development. It is worth emphasizing the category “role model” without evocations. The evocations with frequency equal to 1 may be unconsidered in this type of analysis (FISCHER et al., 2003). However, they were preserved with the intention of permitting the confrontation of these results with future research on incubated business of technological basis.





Figure 6. Evocations concerning some specific categories and the Psychosocial Support Functions categories

The right side of Figure 7 shows the evocations that treat “career functions”. This concept composes the shared category of the role of the network in career development provided by the entrepreneurs interviewed. It is worth emphasizing the categories “Protection” and “Challenging tasks” without evocations.







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