Networking and Entrepreneurial Activity in Kuwait

  • Antonis C. Simintiras
  • Yusif M. Al-Hajji
Part of the Advances in Theory and Practice of Emerging Markets book series (ATPEM)


This study examines socializing and networking practices in Kuwait known as the diwaniyas. Diwaniyas are physical spaces where people gather regularly to discuss, among other things, politics, business, history, and/or matters of everyday life. The thesis put forward is that participation in the social establishment of diwaniyas favors the acquirement of social, cultural, and symbolic capital. This, in turn, fosters entrepreneurialism and increases opportunities and activities that can be converted into economic capital. The importance of this social infrastructure as a vehicle to help deliver the capital required for entrepreneurial activity is also highlighted.


Entrepreneurship Social capital Diwaniyas Kuwaiti culture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Gulf University for Science and TechnologyMubarak Al-AbdullahKuwait
  2. 2.Swansea UniversitySwanseaUK

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