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Women Entrepreneurs Across Racial Lines

Issues of Human Capital, Financial Capital and Network Structures Andrea E. Smith-Hunter, Professor of Management and Sociology, Siena College, US
Women entrepreneurs command an increasingly large presence at the international and national levels. A significant part of this impact is due to growing numbers of minority women becoming entrepreneurs. This volume provides some of the most comprehensive data to date on the topic of women entrepreneurs across racial lines. It offers a systematic and conceptual framework for understanding issues of network structures and human and financial capital, analyzed through a comparative analysis of minority and white women entrepreneurs.
Extent: 272 pp
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Publication Date: 2006
ISBN: 978 1 84376 416 8
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  • Business and Management
  • Diversity and Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Gender and Management
Women entrepreneurs command an increasingly large presence at the international and national levels. A significant part of this impact is due to growing numbers of minority women becoming entrepreneurs. This volume provides some of the most comprehensive data to date on the topic of women entrepreneurs across racial lines. It offers a systematic and conceptual framework for understanding issues of network structures and human and financial capital, analyzed through a comparative analysis of minority and white women entrepreneurs.

The book begins by looking at the historical and current contributions of women in the labor market, as well as literature related to women entrepreneurs. Subsequent chapters take a critical and in-depth look at white and minority entrepreneurs. Later chapters examine the status of women entrepreneurs in the US, followed by various analyses of their position in the global marketplace. The book concludes with a set of action tools to aid women entrepreneurs as they navigate the road to economic success.

Through a well-chosen sample, rich analysis and insightful accounts, Andrea E. Smith-Hunter compellingly details the challenges and opportunities faced by women entrepreneurs in today’s marketplace. Government agencies, researchers, entrepreneurs and those involved with the financial aspects of entrepreneurial ventures will find this volume of great interest.
‘One of the strengths of this book lies in the admirable literature reviews throughout the volume. The authors reviews vast amounts of literature on women entrepreneurs, and more specifically, studies involving women minority entrepreneurs. The nature of this task should not be underestimated, given the ever-expanding academic field of entrepreneurship and women’s entrepreneurship in particular. I read this book as an academic, and would argue that it is of most use for academics (students and professors), and provides an up-to-date and well-researched portrait of women entrepreneurs in the USA and beyond. . . this book fills an important gap in the literature, not only because there is a growing population of women entrepreneurs, but also because of the growing number of minority women entering entrepreneurship.’
– Jodyanne Kirkwood, Women in Management Review

‘This book serves an important purpose. It draws attention to the need for further research on ethnic minority women entrepreneurs.’
– Anne de Bruin, International Small Business Journal

‘This monograph provides a very comprehensive study of women entrepreneurs in the US and in many industrialized and developing countries. . . Recommended. General readers; all levels of students; faculty and professionals.’
– E.P. Hoffman, Choice

‘In this book Andrea E. Smith-Hunter interweaves quantitative findings with qualitative depth, resulting in an informative and objective report of explanatory variables, differences and similarities among women entrepreneurs from unlike racial backgrounds. Among others, she develops models of human capital dimensions, network structures, and entrepreneurial success.’
– Léo-Paul Dana, Journal of International Entrepreneurship
Contents: Preface 1. The Rise of Women Entrepreneurs 2. Review of Literature on Women Entrepreneurs 3. Research Design and Methods 4. Overview of Results 5. Human Capital Issues 6. Network Structure Issues 7. Financial Capital Issues 8. The State of Women Entrepreneurs in the United States 9. The State of Women Entrepreneurs in the Global Marketplace 10. Conclusion References Index