Women's Entrepreneurship Policy


Women''s Entrepreneurship Policy

A Global Perspective

9781800374645 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Colette Henry, Head of Department of Business Studies, Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), Ireland and Griffith University Australia, Susan Coleman, Professor Emerita, University of Hartford, US and Kate V. Lewis, Reader, Newcastle University, UK
Publication Date: 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80037 464 5 Extent: 266 pp
Bringing together scholars from around the world, this book provides extensive coverage of the academic literature and research on women’s entrepreneurship policy.

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Bringing together scholars from around the world, this book provides extensive coverage of the academic literature and research on women’s entrepreneurship policy.

Featuring contributions from members of the Global Women’s Entrepreneurship Policy Research Network, the book explores and critiques contemporary policy instruments while also pointing toward potential policy solutions. Chapters aim to deepen understanding of women’s entrepreneurship policy and raise awareness among policy makers, programme managers and academics of the dangers associated with gender-blind entrepreneurship policies. The book concludes that ‘one size fits all’ policies that ignore the gender dimension do not support women entrepreneurs effectively.

Research-based and international in approach, Women’s Entrepreneurship Policy will be a useful guide for academics and advanced students in the areas of entrepreneurship, gender and management, diversity and management, and international business. It will also be beneficial for policy makers and those involved in designing and delivering women’s entrepreneurship programmes.
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‘Well thought-out, illustrative and opportune! This outstanding collection of chapters positively influences the future of the women’s entrepreneurship research agenda and outlines new pathways for entrepreneurship policy formation, enrichment and delivery. A must-read for policy makers and scholars around the globe.’
– Rosa Nelly Trevinyo-Rodríguez, Trevinyo-Rodríguez & Associates, México

‘This compelling book is packed with insightful gems for inclusive entrepreneurial policy. The wide geographical coverage of the chapter collection and their varied theoretical lenses – institutional, narrative and feminist – ensures the value of these insights. Essential reading for enlightened evidence-based policy making for the post-COVID-19 pandemic era, that recognizes women’s entrepreneurship within the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem.’
– Anne de Bruin, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Contributors include: Helene Ahl, Karin Berglund, Naomi Birdthistle, Patrice Braun, Candida G. Brush, Gray Cavender, Susan Coleman, Evelyn Derera, Antoinette Flynn, Patricia G. Greene, Colette Henry, Nancy C. Jurik, Alena Křížková, Helen Lawton Smith, Dariusz Leszczyński, Kate V. Lewis, Ewa Lisowska, Mavis S.B. Mensah, Barbara J. Orser, Beldina Owalla, Katarina Pettersson, Marie Pospíšilová, Malin Tillmar

About Global WEP xviii
1 Introduction to Women’s Entrepreneurship Policy: taking
stock and moving forward 1
Colette Henry, Susan Coleman and Kate V. Lewis
2 Exploring the gender gap in women’s entrepreneurship:
a narrative policy analysis 14
Patricia G. Greene and Candida Brush
3 Strategies to redress entrepreneurship gender gaps in
Canada revisited 40
Barbara J. Orser
4 Entrepreneurship as a losing proposition for women:
gendered outcomes of neo-liberal entrepreneurship policy
in a Nordic welfare state 77
Helene Ahl, Malin Tillmar, Karin Berglund and Katarina Pettersson
5 Mapping ethnic minority women entrepreneurs’ support
initiatives: experiences from the UK 105
Helen Lawton Smith and Beldina Owalla
6 Institutional work in Czech and US business assistance
programmes and implications for entrepreneurial inclusion 125
Nancy C. Jurik, Alena Křížková, Marie Pospíšilová and
Gray Cavender
7 Barriers to women’s entrepreneurship in Poland and
institutional support 164
Ewa Lisowska and Dariusz Leszczyński
8 Beyond COVID-19: women entrepreneurs and
e-commerce policy in the Asia-Pacific 194
Patrice Braun, Naomi Birdthistle and Antoinette Flynn
9 Analysis of Ghana’s and South Africa’s women
entrepreneurship policies 216
Mavis S. B. Mensah and Evelyn Derera

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