Network not utilized: The case of ultra-orthodox female micro-entrepreneurs in Israel

Yisca Monnickendam-Givon, Dafna Schwartz, Benjamin Gidron

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The study examines the role of social networks in the Ultra-Orthodox community in Israel as a tool for promoting micro-entrepreneurial success. To date, research has shown that social network structure is a salient factor in the successful management of micro-businesses. We explored network size, number of strong, weak and betweenness ties of Ultra-Orthodox female micro-entrepreneurs, a distinct social-religious enclave that remains largely unexplored. Contrary to literature, our findings show that Ultra-Orthodox female micro-entrepreneurs have a narrow network in all parameters explored. Although they have a far-reaching social network, it is virtually unutilized in promoting their micro-businesses. Theoretical and policy implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1650006
JournalJournal of Developmental Entrepreneurship
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2016


  • Micro-Entrepreneurship
  • Ultra-Orthodox women
  • social networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Strategy and Management


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