Conviviality in entrepreneurial communities: main results from an exploratory research


  • Simone Guercini Università degli Studi di Firenze
  • Matilde Milanesi Università degli Studi di Firenze
  • Silvia Ranfagni Università degli Studi di Firenze



conviviality, social capital


The present study investigates conviviality, as related to social capital, in entrepreneurial communities
and how it makes social relationships a context for developing business relationships and
recognizing entrepreneurial opportunities. The methodology adopted includes both qualitative (indepth
interviews, case analysis) and text-mining techniques for the analysis of qualitative data. The
empirical research is based on emblematic cases of Italian entrepreneurial communities from the
textile-clothing industry, located in Italy and China. The study sheds light on the mechanisms (from
social to business relationships) that conviviality can trigger and the drivers of these mechanisms.
The potentials and limits in using of conviviality for entrepreneurial activities are highlighted at the
end of the paper.

Author Biography

Simone Guercini, Università degli Studi di Firenze

Ha completato gli studi di dottorato presso la Scuola Sant'Anna di Pisa. Svolge ricerca e didattica presso il Dipartimento di Scienze per l'Economia e l'Impresa dell'Università di Firenze


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How to Cite

Guercini, S., Milanesi, M., & Ranfagni, S. (2020). Conviviality in entrepreneurial communities: main results from an exploratory research. Piccola Impresa / Small Business, (3).



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