Constraints and opportunities facing women entrepreneurs in developing countries: a relational perspective

Jamali, Dima (2009) Constraints and opportunities facing women entrepreneurs in developing countries: a relational perspective. Gender in Management: An International Journal, 24, (4), 232-251. (doi:10.1108/17542410910961532).


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Purpose: this purpose of the paper to examine the interplay of constraints and opportunities affecting female entrepreneurship in developing countries. The paper integrates salient micro- and macro-level perspectives and provides a rounded account of opportunities and constraints as part of a holistic interdependent system.

Design/methodology/approach: the paper adopts an integrative multi-level research design and an interpretive research methodology, capitalizing on in-depth interviews with ten women entrepreneurs to explore their perceptions and interpretations of constraints and opportunities facing female entrepreneurship in the Lebanese context.

Findings: the findings presented in this paper clearly illustrate the relevance of micro-, meso-, and macro-level factors in entrepreneurship research and the usefulness of integrating multiple lens and units of analysis to capture the complexity of the women entrepreneurship experience in any particular context.

Originality/value: the value added of this research lies in adapting a framework recently popularized in the context of diversity management for use in entrepreneurship research, helping to capture in turn the dynamic interplay of multiple levels of analysis and objective/subjective factors influencing female entrepreneurship

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1108/17542410910961532
ISSNs: 1754-2413
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Management
ePrint ID: 176955
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
28 January 2009Published
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2011 10:20
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:34

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