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Female entrepreneuriship and the management of business and domestic roles: motivations, expectations and realities. / McGowan, Pauric; Redeker, Caroline Lewis; Cooper, Sarah Y; Greenan, Kate.In: Enrepreneuship and Regional Development, Vol. 24, No. 1-2, 2012, p. 53-72.
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T1 - Female entrepreneuriship and the management of business and domestic roles: motivations, expectations and realities
AU - McGowan, Pauric
AU - Redeker, Caroline Lewis
AU - Cooper, Sarah Y
AU - Greenan, Kate
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PY - 2012
Y1 - 2012
N2 - Whilst some women are motivated to establish entrepreneurial ventures by factors which are similar to those of their male counterparts (including a desire for independence and financial gain), unlike the majority of men, a sizeable number choose entrepreneurship to balance work responsibilities and earning potential with domestic/familial commitments. Despite growing numbers of women citing flexibility and childcare obligations as strong motivations for starting a business relatively little attention has been paid to exploring their motivations, expectations and actual experiences of entrepreneurship, and the extent to which entrepreneurship really offers an improved work/family ‘balance’. This paper presents findings of exploratory, qualitative research conducted in Northern Ireland, which focused upon the entrepreneurial journeys of 14 women as they established and managed their ventures, whilst balancing domestic/familial demands. Drawing upon information-rich evidence from in-depth interviews, insights are presented into their motivations and expectations of what entrepreneurship would offer, and the realities of their experience.
AB - Whilst some women are motivated to establish entrepreneurial ventures by factors which are similar to those of their male counterparts (including a desire for independence and financial gain), unlike the majority of men, a sizeable number choose entrepreneurship to balance work responsibilities and earning potential with domestic/familial commitments. Despite growing numbers of women citing flexibility and childcare obligations as strong motivations for starting a business relatively little attention has been paid to exploring their motivations, expectations and actual experiences of entrepreneurship, and the extent to which entrepreneurship really offers an improved work/family ‘balance’. This paper presents findings of exploratory, qualitative research conducted in Northern Ireland, which focused upon the entrepreneurial journeys of 14 women as they established and managed their ventures, whilst balancing domestic/familial demands. Drawing upon information-rich evidence from in-depth interviews, insights are presented into their motivations and expectations of what entrepreneurship would offer, and the realities of their experience.
U2 - 10.1080/08985626.2012.637351
DO - 10.1080/08985626.2012.637351
M3 - Article
VL - 24
SP - 53
EP - 72
JO - Enrepreneuship and Regional Development
JF - Enrepreneuship and Regional Development
SN - 0898-5626
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