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Female entrepreneurship in patriarchal society: motivation and challenges

Female entrepreneurship in patriarchal society: motivation and challenges
Female entrepreneurship in patriarchal society: motivation and challenges

This study explores the lived experience of female entrepreneurs in Kazakhstan to understand their motivations and challenges in light of the limited research availability on female entrepreneurship in a transitional and patriarchal context. Analysis from 25 in-depth interviews with female Kazakhstani entrepreneurs advances institutional theory by developing two frameworks of female entrepreneurial motivations and challenges. The findings stress the importance of institutional settings in shaping the women's entrepreneurial experiences. They also highlight the significance of regulatory, normative and cognitive dimensions of institutional theory that either enable or hinder women to open and operate their own businesses. Furthermore, the results also reveal the government's excessive interference in women's business operations and patriarchal expectations of Kazakhstani society that constraints women from freely engaging in entrepreneurship.

challenges, female entrepreneurs, institutional theory, motivation, patriarchal society, transitional context
0827-6331
325-343
Bui, Hong T.M.
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Kuan, Alua
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Chu, Tuan T.
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Bui, Hong T.M.
5cec562e-5ca4-4b86-bd95-b122b2755629
Kuan, Alua
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Chu, Tuan T.
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Bui, Hong T.M., Kuan, Alua and Chu, Tuan T. (2018) Female entrepreneurship in patriarchal society: motivation and challenges. Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship, 30 (4), 325-343. (doi:10.1080/08276331.2018.1435841).

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Abstract

This study explores the lived experience of female entrepreneurs in Kazakhstan to understand their motivations and challenges in light of the limited research availability on female entrepreneurship in a transitional and patriarchal context. Analysis from 25 in-depth interviews with female Kazakhstani entrepreneurs advances institutional theory by developing two frameworks of female entrepreneurial motivations and challenges. The findings stress the importance of institutional settings in shaping the women's entrepreneurial experiences. They also highlight the significance of regulatory, normative and cognitive dimensions of institutional theory that either enable or hinder women to open and operate their own businesses. Furthermore, the results also reveal the government's excessive interference in women's business operations and patriarchal expectations of Kazakhstani society that constraints women from freely engaging in entrepreneurship.

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Accepted/In Press date: 30 January 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 27 February 2018
Published date: 4 July 2018
Keywords: challenges, female entrepreneurs, institutional theory, motivation, patriarchal society, transitional context

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Local EPrints ID: 424720
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/424720
ISSN: 0827-6331
PURE UUID: 239c2ee3-2887-47c0-8e23-0b7a04e61bb6

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Date deposited: 05 Oct 2018 11:41
Last modified: 05 Oct 2018 11:41

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