Title: Toward a framework for studying cosmopolitanism, entrepreneurship and society

Authors: Kanellos-Panagiotis Nikolopoulos; Léo-Paul Dana

Addresses: Open Universiteit, School of Management, Science and Technology, P.O. Box 2960, 6401 DL Heerlen, the Netherlands ' Montpellier Research in Management, Montpellier Business School, 2300 Avenue de Moulins, Montpellier, France

Abstract: There has recently been rising interest in the study of cosmopolitanism in relation to management and entrepreneurship. This article investigates the relationship between cosmopolitanism and the entrepreneurial process, in particular social capital creation for innovation in an international context. It compares reflexive sociology with concepts of the global network society, highlighting the downsides of the latter as far as the formation of social capital in an international context. The authors suggest to move away from conventional explanations of human capital and to view entrepreneurs - not as a volatile population of separate units in a fluid environment but rather - as a set of connective entities, always evolving through networks. A model for network formation based on social capital is suggested.

Keywords: cosmopolitanism; habitus; social capital; entrepreneurship; Castells; society; innovation; reflexive sociology; global networks; human capital; network formation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2016.077571

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2016 Vol.28 No.4, pp.414 - 430

Received: 14 Jul 2015
Accepted: 26 Jul 2015

Published online: 06 Jul 2016 *

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