Women’s Entrepreneurship in a Turbulent Era

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Women’s Entrepreneurship in a Turbulent Era

9781803920818 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Colette Henry, Head of Department of Business Studies, Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), Ireland, and Griffith University Australia, Joan Ballantine, Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics, Ulster University Business School, Ulster University (UU), Northern Ireland, Shumaila Yousafzai, Graduate School of Business, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan and Cardiff University, UK and Roshni Narendran, Tasmanian School of Business and Economics, University of Tasmania, Australia
Publication Date: August 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80392 081 8 Extent: c 264 pp
Uncovering how women entrepreneurs have navigated adverse situations through innovation and adaptability, Women’s Entrepreneurship in a Turbulent Era explores the nuanced experiences of these business owners. It offers valuable insights into women''s entrepreneurial efforts in redefining the norms and rules in a rapidly changing world.

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Uncovering how women entrepreneurs have navigated adverse situations through innovation and adaptability, Women’s Entrepreneurship in a Turbulent Era explores the nuanced experiences of these business owners. It offers valuable insights into women''s entrepreneurial efforts in redefining the norms and rules in a rapidly changing world.

This book analyses the challenges women entrepreneurs have faced during unsettled times, including the COVID-19 pandemic, and polarising political and conflict situations. Leading scholars from both the Global North and South examine the strategies women have adopted to protect their business ventures and encourage them to thrive. They prompt the reader to look further into the contextual embeddedness of women-owned enterprises, and to continue the ongoing research into this rapidly advancing subject area.

Academics and students focusing on entrepreneurship, gender studies and management will find this book to be of crucial interest. It will also be a beneficial resource for practitioners and policy makers seeking further insight into how recent international challenges have affected women entrepreneurs.
Critical Acclaim
‘This is a very important book. It positions women entrepreneurs as leaders and innovators in times of crisis. It provides a view of the world that is new in the academic literature, exposing the multiple dimensions in the experiences of women in different contexts but facing common challenges.’
– Helen Lawton Smith, Birkbeck, University of London, UK

‘Women’s Entrepreneurship in a Turbulent Era provides a comprehensive view of the resilience and resourcefulness of women as they counter impacts of economic failure, political turmoil, and the COVID-19 pandemic. This book also offers a portfolio of perspectives to help recognize shifting structural dynamics that undermine entrepreneurial women, and the strategies women employ to address market failures. A must read for researchers, policy makers, and advocates interested in gender equality and women’s economic empowerment.’
– Barbara J. Orser, University of Ottawa, Canada

‘This book pursues questions on women business owners and their businesses as related to challenges, strategies and critically important impacts, examining them through a variety of theoretical perspectives. Within their chapters the global collection of authors raise intriguing issues such as the long-eluded legitimacy of women business owners as well as their role as societal and economic shock absorbers during times of crisis. The interplay between the topics and frameworks used makes this an important read for anyone interested in learning about and then advancing their knowledge in this area.’
– Patricia Greene, Babson College, US
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Foreword by Candida G. Brush xix
Foreword by Tim Vorley xxi
About Global WEP xxiii
Introduction to Women’s Entrepreneurship in a Turbulent Era 1
Colette Henry, Joan Ballantine, Shumaila Yousafzai and Roshni Narendran
PART I CHALLENGES AND RESILIENCE IN
ENTREPRENEURSHIP
1 Surviving the storm: how Russian migrant women
entrepreneurs demonstrate agility in turbulent times 18
Yelena Muzykina, Nurlykhan Aljanova and Shumaila Yousafzai
2 Italian women entrepreneurs during the Covid-19
pandemic: striving for a collective response through
female employer and business membership organizations 45
Luisa De Vita and Elisa Errico
3 Challenges facing Bangladeshi female entrepreneurs in
the Brick Lane area of East London, UK: turbulent times
from 2019 to 2023 64
Spinder Dhaliwal and Richard George
4 Addressing crises through entrepreneurial resilience:
migrant women entrepreneurs in the United Arab Emirates 80
Nadeera Ranabahu and Maryam Fozia
5 Women home-based entrepreneurs in Iran: navigating
a turbulent era 104
Parisa Nakhaei, Nelia Hyndman-Rizk and Saskia de Klerk
PART II INNOVATION AND ADAPTATION STRATEGIES
6 How women-led businesses fared in the Covid-19 pandemic 126
Rebecca Weicht, Rosemarie Kay, Markus Rieger-Fels and
Friederike Welter
7 The influence of Covid-19-related entrepreneurial
opportunities and difficulties on women entrepreneurs’
business models 150
Anna Sörensson and Navid Ghannad
PART III SOCIETAL IMPACT AND GLOBAL CONTEXTS
8 Legitimacy of women entrepreneurs: forced to behave
according to rules? 168
Susanne Schlepphorst, Siegrun Brink and Friederike Welter
9 Women as shock absorbers in turbulent times 188
Bettina Lynda Bastian, Melissa Langworthy and Bronwyn P. Wood
10 Pivoting and positionality: entrepreneurship, care, and the
Covid-19 pandemic in Czechia and the U.S.A. 205
Alena Křížková, Nancy C. Jurik, Marie Pospíšilová , Gray
Cavender and Dongling Zhang
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