International Handbook of Women and Small Business Entrepreneurship

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Sandra L. Fielden, Marilyn Davidson
Edward Elgar Publishing, 2005 - Business & Economics - 304 pages
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Sandra Fielden and Marilyn Davidson, already well known for their contributions to gender issues in management, have brought together an absorbing collection of articles that serve to enhance our understanding of a complex area within organisation studies
 

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This book is truly a unique and impressive contribution to knowledge and understanding issues for females starting, running& growing businesses, this book provides various international contextualized commentaries &cumulatively these show both diversity and commonalities in the issues affecting & experiences of woman business owners.
Firstly, it deals with why & how firms are started by females: their motivation and ambitions as they vary from men. in this part it gives a convincing review of types of female business starters, motivations and ambitions and presents empirical evidence of economic importance and potential of female business ownership globally.
Secondly, it concerns with factors that have bearing on the potential and success of female start up & ownership, including socio-psychological role, responsibilities and influences.Female business owners are not homogeneous group in terms of motivation, barriers, ambitions and support needs which are actually different from males in terms of issues.
Third, this book explores examples of ethnic minority female entrepreneurs like; African, American and Hispanic woman in the USA Asians, UK & New Zealand.
Fourth, it speaks about the examples of female entrepreneurs in 5 international areas: Europe, Singapore, Australia India & USA.These sections provide informative insights issues specific to region, but also provides through this, evidence of culture & location specific impacts and solutions that may be a interest of wider global community as alternative means of approaching, developing and supporting female business, start up & ownership.
The book provides sound review of much leading research and theory and supplies detail & commentary on specifics in such away that messages and lessons are explicit It would be an important read for anyone with an interest in female entrepreneurship including researchers, support agents and even policy makers.
 

Contents

1 Why women enter into small business ownership
3
2 Characteristics of women small business owners
17
A new integration
32
4 Career paths of women business owners
42
PART II WOMEN INTO ENTERPRISE CONSTRAINTS AND CONDITIONS FOR SUCCESS
53
5 The constraints facing women entering small business ownership
55
6 The financing of small businesses female experiences and strategies
66
Gender impacts
78
12 Hispanic women entrepreneurs and small business owners in the USA
148
PART IV WOMEN INTO ENTERPRISE A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
159
13 Women into enterprise a European and international perspective
161
14 Women entrepreneurs in Singapore
178
15 The changing experience of Australian women entrepreneurs
193
16 Women small business owners in India
206
Women leaving companies in the USA to start their own businesses
221
PART V WOMEN INTO ENTERPRISE FUTURE PERSPECTIVES AND RECOMMENDATIONS
237

8 The impact of family support on the success of women business owners
91
PART III WOMEN INTO ENTERPRISE BLACK AND ETHNIC MINORITY SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS
103
Backgrounds goals and strategies used by African American women in the initialization and operation of small businesses
105
10 The experiences of Asian women entering business startup in the UK
120
11 Ethnicity and gender in womens businesses in New Zealand
133
Global lessons learned from entrepreneurial women in US history
239
Exploring new avenues
253
20 The way forward for women business owners
264
Index
273
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