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The Wellbeing of Women in Entrepreneurship A Global Perspective

    452 Pages 33 B/W Illustrations
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    Women accomplish nearly two-thirds of total work around the world (including household duties), comprise one-third of the formal labor force, but women receive one-tenth of the world's income and own only one-hundredth of the world’s property. Entrepreneurship is a vehicle for advancing the lives of women around the world. This book brings together 49 distinguished entrepreneurship scholars to provide a unique global vision of the wellbeing of women entrepreneurs necessary for fostering sustainable development and inclusive societies.

    Although gender inequality is an important issue, solutions leading to gender parity are far from reaching ideal levels in the formal workplace and globally. Meanwhile the number of women involved in entrepreneurship is growing exponentially because there are more opportunities for women to own a business and be their own boss. This offers women the most desirable and flexible working conditions that better align with women’s lifestyles and multiple family responsibilities. However, entrepreneurial activities are demanding and complex; compared to men, women face special challenges that deserve close attention. This book presents research and programs to effectively support women entrepreneurs in reaching levels of wellbeing required to ensure business sustainability and personal prosperity.

    Offering a diversity perspectives from around the globe, The Wellbeing of Women in Entrepreneurship is of great interest to academics and practitioners working in teaching and research in disciplines including business management, entrepreneurship, oganizational change, human centered management, human resources, sustainable development, and women’s studies.


    Part 1 The Americas

    United States

    1. The multiplier effect of wellbeing of women entrepreneurs. A practical approach and a personal account, Maria-Teresa Lepeley

    2. Women entrepreneurs: Advancing from quantity to quality to attain wellbeing through business sustainability, Maria-Teresa Lepeley

    3. Wellbeing, family, support, and health among married women entrepreneurs in the United States, Nicholas J. Beutell and Marianne M. O’Hare

    4. Wellbeing of women entrepreneurs in the United States. Common themes and their narratives, Marianne M. O’Hare and Nicholas J. Beutell

    5. Women founders of STEM firms in the United States. Challenges and opportunities to attain business sustainability and wellbeing, Jennifer L. Woolley

    6. The expat entrepreneur. Entrepreneurial ventures and wellbeing of women as ‘Trailing Spouses’, Amy M. Kerulis, Leanne M. Tortez, Maura J. Mills

    7. Work, Wellness, and Wellbeing. Women Entrepreneurs Can Be Well While Doing Good, Christine Galib

    Latin America


    8. Women in entrepreneurship from failure to wellbeing: Paradox or paradigm? A case study in Chile, Katherina Kuschel, María-Teresa Lepeley, Constanza Quiroz, Juan Pablo Labra

    9. Entrepreneurship as therapy. A metaphor among necessity driven women seeking wellbeing by doing and connecting in Chile, Rocío Ruiz-Martínez, Katherina Kuschel, Inmaculada Pastor Gosálbez

    10. Women in high-growth entrepreneurship and Chile’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, Katherina Kuschel


    11. Wellbeing of women entrepreneurs in rural Cusco, Peru: Success stories and entrepreneurial training, Olga Cirilo and Fernando Merino

    The Caribbean

    Trinidad and Tobago

    12. Entrepreneurial Engagement, Empowerment and Wellbeing of Caribbean Women: A Meta-Synthesis, Talia Esnard

    Part 2 Europe


    13. Why women entrepreneurs undertake lower radical growth modalities than do men. The Imprinting phenomenon, Severine Le Loarne - Lamaire


    14. Work-family conflicts and satisfaction among Italian women entrepreneurs, Luisa De Vita, Michela Mari, Sara Poggesi

    15. Wellbeing of women entrepreneurs and relational capital. A case study in Italy, Francesca Dal Mas, Paola Paoloni, Rosa Lombardi


    16. Aspects of work-life balance and wellbeing of women in entrepreneurship, José Manuel Saiz-Álvarez and Alicia Coduras


    17. Entrepreneurial Life-Puzzle and Wellbeing: The case of Swedish women entrepreneurs, Jean-Charles E. Languilaire

    United Kingdom

    18. Women entrepreneurs and wellbeing: An identity perspective, Andreana Drencheva

    Part 3 Middle East


    19. Grameen Microcredit Model of Social Entrepreneurship: Effect of Wellbeing among Women Entrepreneurs in Turkey, Guler Aras and Ozlem Kutlu Furtuna

    Lebanon - Jordan

    20. Exploring Degrees of Wellbeing of Women Entrepreneurs in Refugee Settlements: A Personal Account, Josette Dijkhuizen

    Part 4 Asia


    21. Wellbeing of women entrepreneurs: An Indian perspective, Jasmine Banu and Rupashree Baral


    22. Wellbeing assessment of pull and push women entrepreneurs. The Case of Bangladesh, Sabrina Nourin, Wee Chan Au, Pervaiz Ahmed

    Part 5 Africa


    23. Exploring wellbeing indicators of women micro entrepreneurs in Zambia, Emiel L. Eijdenberg and Lena Ehmann


    24. Rethinking Women in Survival Entrepreneurship and Wellbeing in Kenya, Likoko Eunice, Nicky Pouw, JB Okeyo-Owuor and Hannington Odame


    25. Hired Domestic Help: Critical factor in women entrepreneurs’ life and business satisfaction in Sub-Saharan countries, Konjit Gudeta, Marloes van Engen. Pascale Peters, Marc Van Veldhoven, Guy Moors

    Part 6 Australia

    26. Enhancing wellbeing of women in entrepreneurship in media narrative, Bronwyn Eager, Sharon Grant. Naomi Birdthistle



    Maria-Teresa Lepeley is president and founder of the Global Institute for Quality Education in USA. She is an economist, educator, and entrepreneur.

    Katherina Kuschel is a visiting researcher at Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana, Chile.

    Nicholas Beutell is a professor of management, business administration, and health care management at Iona College, USA.

    Nicky Pouw is associate professor at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

    Emiel L. Eijdenberg is senior lecturer at the James Cook University, Singapore.

    "Evidently, this work advances the academic perspective of women entrepreneurship and wellbeing through its innovative approach and broad perspective. The book thus contributes to advance our understanding of the different aspects of women entrepreneurs’ wellbeing, revealing alternative ways of assessment with alternative implications for women and, in consequence, for the sustainability of nations worldwide."

    --Katherinne Moore, Babson College, Wellesley, MA