1st Edition

Female Entrepreneurship and the New Venture Creation An International Overview

By Dafna Kariv Copyright 2013
    616 Pages 43 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    612 Pages 43 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Women represent the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs today. Despite the enormous economic contributions of this group, female entrepreneurship remains under-explored and inadequately covered in academic literature.

    Female Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation aims to address this gap by shedding light on the unique aspects of female entrepreneurship. Tracing women’s journey along the venture creation process, Kariv’s book:

    • highlights the creatively different ways in which women approach the entrepreneurial enterprise;
    • takes into account different environmental and cultural constraints that impact female entrepreneurship;
    • provides a theoretical framework for the venture creation process that is practical and broadly applicable;
    • includes in-depth case studies drawn from contributors around the world.

    This book captures the diversity of female entrepreneurship and provides a valuable synthesis of the insights that emerge from the stories of women entrepreneurs around the world. It will be a valuable resource for students of entrepreneurship, as well as professionals.

    Introduction: The Area of Female Entrepreneurship in the Initial Phases of the New Venture Creation  Part I: Female Entrepreneurship: What Makes this Area Unique?  1. Female Entrepreneurship: Constraints and Opportunities - A General Overview  2.  Motivations for Becoming Entrepreneurs: A Woman's Perspective  3. The Female Venture Creation Process in Emerging Markets: BRIC and MENA  Part II: The Venture Creation Process  4. The Pre-Venture Stages  5. Personal Core Competencies in Starting a New Venture  Part III: Women's Ride across the River: From Creativity, Innovation and Vision to Implementation  6.  Celebrating Creativity in the Female Entrepreneurial Realm  7.  Innovation in the Context of Female Entrepreneurship  8. The Vision: The Foundation of Entrepreneurship  Part IV: The First Steps in Venture Creation  9. In the Midst of Difficulty Lies Opportunity: A Woman's View  10. Financing the New Venture: The Untapped Perspective in Female Entrepreneurship  11. Entrepreneurial Paths of Women Entrepreneurs  Part V: The Future of Female Entrepreneurship  12.  Leadership in Female Entrepreneurship  13. Breaking through the Barriers  Concluding Remarks: The Fortitude of Women Entrepreneurs


    Dafna Kariv is a senior lecturer, researcher and the director of the TempusBiz project and "Young Entrepreneurs" at the College of Management, Academic Studies in Rishon LeZion, Israel. She is also a member of the Chair of Entrepreneuship at HEC Montréal, Canada. Her research interests include entrepreneurship, gender and cross-national research.

    "No other book analyzes the trials and tribulations of women entrepreneurs as they seek to leverage their resources to launch and grow a venture. A must-read for policymakers and entrepreneurs alike."

    ---Mauro Guillen, Director of the Lauder Institute, Wharton Business School, USA, and author of Women Entrepreneurs (Routledge, 2013)


    "This is truly an excellent global entrepreneurship book: the topic - women’s entrepreneurship is important (and necessary) worldwide; the contributing authors are the experts from across the globe; and the book addresses entrepreneurial topics that affect everyone, in every country, i.e: constraints, opportunities, motives, core competencies, creativity, innovation, leadership and role models. The content will be inspirational to students, potential or existing entrepreneurs, and also useful for a wider range of stakeholders, for example policy makers and those engaged in regional economic development. Dr. Kariv and other contributing authors are to be congratulated on this timely and outstanding addition to our emerging knowledge about female entrepreneurship."

    ---Professor Teresa V. Menzies, Brock University, Canada