1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Global Female Entrepreneurship

Edited By Colette Henry, Teresa Nelson, Kate Lewis Copyright 2017
    416 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    416 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The literature in female entrepreneurship has witnessed significant development in the last 30 years, with the research emphasis shifting from purely descriptive explorations towards a clear effort to embed research within highly informed conceptual frameworks.

    With contributions from leading and emerging researchers, The Routledge Companion to Global Female Entrepreneurship brings together the latest international research, concepts and thinking in the area. With a strong international dimension, this book will facilitate comparative discussion and analysis on all aspects of female entrepreneurship, including start-ups, socio-economic influences, entrepreneurial capital and minority entrepreneurship.

    Reflecting the subject’s growing importance for researchers, academics and policy makers as well as those involved in supporting women’s entrepreneurship through training programmes, networks, consultancy or the provision of venture capital, The Routledge Companion to Global Female Entrepreneurship will be an invaluable reference resource.


    Introduction: The Context and Practice of Female Entrepreneurship

    Colette Henry, Teresa Nelson & Kate Lewis

    Part 1: The Context for Female Entrepreneurship

    1. Women Entrepreneurs and Their Ventures: Complicating Categories and Contextualising Gender
    2. Angela Martinez-Dy & Susan Marlow

    3. Experiences of Women Entrepreneurs in Family Firms
    4. Mary Barrett & Ken Moores

    5. Women, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability
    6. Kate Kearins & Katrin Schaefer

    7. Saudi Women’s Entrepreneurial Intentions: The Social Construction of Norms and Perceptions
    8. Renaud Redien-Collot, Laurice Alexandre & Wassim J. Aloulou

    9. Female Academic Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation: Reviewing the Evidence and Identifying the Challenges
    10. Helen Lawton Smith, Henry Etzkowitz, Viviana Meschitti & Alex Poulovassilis

      Part 2: The Ecosystem for Female Entrepreneurs

    11. Strategies to Redress Entrepreneurship Gender Gaps in Canada
    12. Barbara J. Orser

    13. U.S. Women Entrepreneurs and Their Access to Early-Stage Financing
    14. Linda Edelman, Tatiana Manolova & Candida Brush

    15. Financing High-Growth Women-Owned Firms in the United States: Challenges, Opportunities and Implications for Public Policy
    16. Susan Coleman & Alicia Robb

    17. Gender Differences in New Venture Funding: Supply-Side Discrimination or Demand-Side Disinclination?
    18. John Watson, Michael Stuetzer & Roxanne Zolin

      Part 3: Supporting Female Entrepreneurs

    19. Supporting and Training Female Necessity Entrepreneurs
    20. Walid A. Nakara, Nerine Bouguerra & Alain Fayolle

    21. Entrepreneurial Role Models: An Integrated Framework from a Constructionist Perspective
    22. Maria Cristina Díaz-García & Janice Byrne

    23. Female Entrepreneurship, Role Models and Network Externalities in Middle–Income Countries
    24. Maria Minniti

    25. Revisiting Research on Gender in Entrepreneurial Networks
    26. Lene Foss

      Part 4: Identity

    27. Identity Work, Swift Trust and Gender: The Role of Women-Only Leadership Development Programmes
    28. Claire Leitch, Richard Harrison & Maura McAdam

    29. Postfeminism and Entrepreneurship: Exploring the Identity of the ‘Mumpreneur’
    30. Patricia Lewis

    31. Female Lifestyle Entrepreneurs and Their Business Models
    32. Helle Neergaard & Dorthe Refslund Christensen

    33. Tales of Heroine Entrepreneurs
    34. Karin Berglund, Helen Ahl & Katarina Pettersson

    35. Perceived Legitimacy of Women Entrepreneurs in France: Between Identity Legitimacy and Entrepreneurial Legitimacy
    36. Philippe Pailot, Corinne Poroli & Stéphanie Chasserio

      Part 5: Demography

    37. Women, Disability and Entrepreneurship
    38. Kate Caldwell, Sarah Parker Harris & Maija Renko

    39. Female Immigrant Global Entrepreneurship: From Invisibility to Empowerment?
    40. Maria Villares-Varela, Monder Ram & Trevor Jones

    41. Entrepreneurial Activity Among Irish Traveller Women: An Insight into the Complexity of Survival
    42. Thomas M. Cooney & Denis Foley

    43. Entrepreneurship, Age and Gender: The Swedish Case

    Carin Holmquist & Elisabeth Sundin



    Edited by Colette Henry, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland and UiT-The Arctic University of Norway; Teresa Nelson, Simmons College, Boston, USA, and Kate Lewis, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

    This timely and expertly organised compendium is a celebration of the growing understanding on the significance and diverse global practice of female entrepreneurship. An impressive range of contributions from top scholars confirms gender is integral to this understanding, provides valuable insights on strengthening the ecosystem to support women’s entrepreneurship and takes into account new demographic contexts and the complexities of female enterprise.

    Anne de Bruin, Professor, Massey University, New Zealand

    While the area of women’s entrepreneurship has received an increased amount of attention over the past few years, the types of questions asked and the way in which answers are pursued has not yet led to a coherent sense of understanding.  In The Routledge Companion to Global Female Entrepreneurship,  Henry, Nelson and Lewis guide us through a collection of works that together provide the necessary bridge between gender theories and entrepreneurship, thereby inviting more of us into the discussion with potential impact for theory, practice and policy.

    Patricia Greene, Professor, Babson College, USA