The Gendering of entrepreneurship: Theoretical and empirical Insights

J Rouse, Lorna Treanor, Emma Fleck

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    Purpose – This extended Editorial outlines the genesis and theoretical interests of theGender and Enterprise Network from which this special issue of the International Journal ofEntrepreneurial Behaviour & Research emerged. In the call for papers, researchers were asked toemploy existing gender theories to explore entrepreneurship. The theories and empirical insightspresented in the five papers are summarised and compared. Key directions for future work areoutlined.Design/methodology/approach – Articles in the special issue include cross-national studies, multilevelanalyses drawing on qualitative and quantitative methods, longitudinal analysis and feministresearch. The Editorial explores methodological challenges, including how to encourage cross-nationalcollaboration, research the circumstances in which entrepreneurship is gender liberating and embedgender theory in research on male entrepreneurship.Findings – A comparison is made of the findings from the papers in this special issue, to draw outwider implications for our understanding of entrepreneurship as a gendered process.Originality/value – This special issue represents a significant milestone in advancing ourunderstanding of all entrepreneurship as gendered. Its focus on gender theory (rather than on theempirical study of women’s entrepreneurship) is novel and marks the theoretical direction advocatedby the Gender and Enterprise Network. It is hoped that the employment of gender theory in theEditorial and articles will spark the interest, and raise the contribution, of the wider entrepreneurshipresearch community. An agenda for the future is outlined.Keywords Gender, Entrepreneurialism, Entrepreneurship, FeminismPaper type General review
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)452-459
    JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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