Women’s Entrepreneurship in Global and Local Contexts


Women’s Entrepreneurship in Global and Local Contexts

9781784717414 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Cristina Díaz-García, Professor, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain, Candida G. Brush, Franklin W. Olin Distinguished Chair of Entrepreneurship, Babson College, US and Visiting Adjunct, Nord University, Norway and Dublin City University, Ireland, Elizabeth J. Gatewood, Research Professor, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, US and Friederike Welter, President and Managing Director, Institut für Mittelstandsforschung (IfM) Bonn and Professor, University of Siegen, Germany
Publication Date: 2016 ISBN: 978 1 78471 741 4 Extent: 320 pp
Written by leading scholars from a wide range of countries, this book advances the understanding of women''s entrepreneurship by drawing attention to the contexts in which they operate. With its impact on gendered institutions and gendered social forces, it will be of interest for researchers, faculty and students as well as policy-makers and practitioners. It is the fifth in the series of books produced in partnership with the Diana International Research Network.

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The phenomenon of women’s entrepreneurship has gained significant momentum across the globe. Written by leading scholars from a wide range of countries, this book advances the understanding of women''s entrepreneurship by drawing attention to the contexts in which they operate. It is the fifth in the series of books produced in partnership with the Diana International Research Network.

In this book, expert contributors explore female potential and how entrepreneurs make decisions within a multi-layered gendered context. As a rare and current overview of women’s entrepreneurship, it presents evidence of the positive impact that achieving equality in gendered institutions would have, how to facilitate meso-institutions’ impact and how to foster entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial initiative at the individual level. A crucial discussion of how women’s entrepreneurship could benefit from a more comprehensive concept of innovation or implementing entrepreneurial policies focused on women is also included.

With its focus on advancing knowledge about gender issues within the business realm, Women’s Entrepreneurship in Global and Local Contexts will be of interest to researchers, faculty and students as well as policy-makers and practitioners.
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‘Research on women''s entrepreneurship has moved from the focus of individual women entrepreneurs and their challenges to a broader understanding of the context in which women''s entrepreneurship is embedded. With contributions from a large variety of contexts, this book embraces this development. By promoting feminist perspectives, as well as including studies at the macro, meso and micro level, this book gives insights into the complex and context-dependent processes hindering, promoting and shaping women''s entrepreneurship. The book serves as a celebration of scholarly research on women''s entrepreneurship globally. I fully recommend it as an important addition to the entrepreneurship literature.’
– Gry Agnete Alsos, Nord University Business School, Norway

‘This rich chapter collection makes a valuable contribution to building the cumulative body of research on women’s entrepreneurship. It provides an important and timely reminder that a context-centric perspective is vital for more insightful analysis of female entrepreneurship. The book is expertly organized. The first section focuses on gendered institutional contexts and conceptualizations that help or hinder women’s entrepreneurship, the second set of chapters fits around meso-organizational structures and gendered institutions of importance to women entrepreneurs and the final section highlights their embedded agency. Sections build together to provide a coherent contribution where the sum is greater than its parts. A must-read for anyone, including policy-makers, interested in female entrepreneurship.’
– Anne de Bruin, Massey University, New Zealand

‘This carefully curated set of papers moves the gendered discussion of women’s entrepreneurship from the micro to macro perspective while looking at critically important topics such as political empowerment, innovation and technology, industrial distribution, and, of course, access to capital. The book is especially important in looking at these issues across a variety of global environments. The papers are thoughtful and well-researched, and provide a strong foundation for anyone looking to learn and advance this field.’
– Patricia Greene, Babson College, US
Contributors: R. Aidis, L. Alexandre, G. Armannsdottir, T. Bijedić, A.M. Bojica, C. Brindley, S. Brink, C.G. Brush, S. Coleman, S. Cooper, L. De Vita, M. del Mar Fuentes, C. Díaz-García, K. Ettl, A. Ford, C. Foster, E.J. Gatewood, G. Gunay, B.R. Hernández-Sánchez, E.B. Kahraman, S. Kriwoluzky, J.V. León, M. Mari, D. Nziku, C. Pich, S. Poggesi, A. Robb, M. Ruiz-Arroyo, J.C. Sánchez-García, M. Tillmar, D. Uygur, F. Welter, D. Wheatley


1. Introduction: Women’s Entrepreneurship in Global and Local Contexts
Cristina Díaz-García, Candida G. Brush, Elizabeth J. Gatewood and Friederike Welter

2. The​ ​Role of​ ​Gendered​ ​Institutional​ ​Contexts in the​ ​Rate and​ Type of​ ​Women’s​ ​Entrepreneurship​​ ​Across​ ​Countries
Matilde Ruiz Arroyo, Maria del Mar Fuentes and Ana Maria Bojica

3. Business and Occupational Crowding: Implications for Female Entrepreneurship Development and Success
Ruta Aidis

4. Innovation and Women’s Entrepreneurship – (Why) are Women Entrepreneurs Less Innovative?
Teita Bijedić, Siegrun Brink, Kerstin Ettl, Silke Kriwoluzky, Friederike Welter

5. Strategies and Policies Influencing Entrepreneurial Start-Up Decisions: Evidence from Tanzanian Female Entrepreneurs
Dina Nziku

6. The Gendered Contextualization of SME Cooperation in Urban East Africa
Malin Tillmar

7. Management in Small Firms Run by Women: A Case Study of Handicraft Exporters
Janina V. León

8. Supporting Artisan Communities Through Social Entrepreneurship in Kenya: An Exploration of Soko
Alanna Ford and Sarah Cooper

9. Empowering Women through Social Entrepreneurship with Innovative Business Models: Cases from Turkey
Duygu Uygur, Elif Bezal Kahraman and Gonca Gunay

10. Financing High-Growth Women-Owned Enterprises: Evidence from the United States
Susan Coleman and Alicia Robb

11. The Entrepreneurial Potential of Spanish University Women Based on a Psychosocial Model
José C. Sánchez-García & Brizeida R. Hernández-Sánchez

12. Entrepreneurial Intention of Young Lebanese Students; An Overview of a Gender Study
Laurice Alexandre

13. An Exploration of Icelandic Marketing Women Entrepreneurs
Guja Armansdottir, Clare Brindley, Carley Foster, Daniel Wheatley and Christopher Pich

14. Women Entrepreneurs and Performance: Evidence from Italy
Michela Mari, Sara Pogessi and Luisa De Vita

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