Influence of mentors on networking behaviour of small business owners: A conceptual framework
International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business
School of Business and Law
The core purpose of this paper is to review the literature on networks and networking in relation to mentors within the small business context. The method was a review of literature including research and case studies related to mentors and networks and networking within the small business context from various databases. This literature review presents six propositions and a research framework for future studies in these areas where gaps are identified. New directions offered include: 1) examining the influence of mentors on small business owners' networks (structure, interaction and content) during different stages of network formation for both planned and accidental, or one off interactions; 2) researching the influence of mentors on the two main types of barriers to networking: operational and psychological barriers; 3) whether mentors can affect the success of inter-firm networks between a small business and other businesses.