|Ph.D Student||Simonovich Javier|
|Subject||The Role of Social Networking and Spatial Location in the|
Success of High-Tech Firms
|Department||Department of Architecture and Town Planning||Supervisor||Professor Daniel Gat|
The thesis describes a quantitative, qualitative and ethnographic research of the influence of entrepreneurs’ social networking and the spatial location of high-tech firms, on company success during the start-up stage, in the northern region of Israel.
It was hypothesized that in Israel, there is a competitive advantage to an especially cohesive social web. Therefore, it was predicted that successful entrepreneurs are the most socially networked. The second hypothesis predicted a correlation between the spatial location of the firm at the regional level and the firm’s success. Economic success is defined by number of workers, the ability to rise funds and market value of the firms.
Sixty one entrepreneurs were interviewed using a semi-open questioner. The sample was created through the snowballing method. At sample of interviewees were asked, in a follow-up questionnaire, to examine all other names on the list and specify anyone they knew from their social, academic, military or professional past. Everyone returned the follow-up list.
Both hypotheses were statistically supported. Results indicate that successful Israeli entrepreneurs are the most socially networked. Results also show a correlation between the spatial location of the firm at the regional level and the firm’s success. Firms located at a once obscure and non famous town of Yokneam are more successful than firms in all the other towns in the region.
These results demonstrate the importance of the entrepreneur’s social network and the spatial location of the firm on the success of high tech start up firms in Israel.