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The Wellbeing of Women in Entrepreneurship

A Global Perspective, 1st Edition

Edited by Maria-Teresa Lepeley, Katherina Kuschel, Nicholas Beutell, Nicky Pouw, Emiel L. Eijdenberg


420 pages | 33 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents


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

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Human Centered Management

The Human Centered Management Series aims to stimulate the discussion and the discovery of effective approaches and solutions and innovation with increasing potential to improve the wellbeing of people. In short, this new revolution will place technology at the service of people, not the other way around. It is not technology that is propelling the changes, it is human talent. New strategies to develop talent will be critical and, understanding the pivotal role of education, multidisciplinary approaches from scholars and practitioners from around the world will be required to articulate solutions.

New constructs are needed to position management at the forefront of the transformation to foster the human centered paradigm shift. This book series will capture this new thinking.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Ethics
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Entrepreneurship
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Home-Based Businesses
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Women in Business