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The Routledge Companion to Global Female Entrepreneurship

1st Edition

Edited by Colette Henry, Teresa Nelson, Kate Lewis


400 pages | 17 B/W Illus.

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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.


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

Table of Contents

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


About the Editors

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.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Entrepreneurship
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / New Business Enterprises
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies