Women Entrepreneurs: Inspiring Stories from Emerging Economies and Developing Countries, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Women Entrepreneurs

Inspiring Stories from Emerging Economies and Developing Countries, 1st Edition

Edited by Mauro F. Guillén


286 pages

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Women Entrepreneurs offers a collection of almost two dozen cases that explore the process by which women become entrepreneurs, as well as the opportunities and challenges they face in growing their businesses.

With a particular focus on the intersection between entrepreneurship and economic development, the cases are drawn from across a range of industries and countries. They offer insights into a number of issues women entrepreneurs face, such as launching a business, diversification and internationalization, as well as covering a number of business functions, including finance, marketing and human resource management. Each case is presented with a summary highlighting the themes it covers, and ends with a set of questions to guide classroom discussion. The book also includes a summary of existing literature on entrepreneurship to help contextualize the cases.

This casebook would be the ideal companion in an entrepreneurship class, particularly for students with an interest in female entrepreneurship or economic development.

With data from a Goldman Sachs/Lauder Institute study.


"This is a great collection of inspiring stories of women entrepreneurs who 'made it' in difficult country environments." - Welter Friederike, Jönköping International Business School, Germany

"Women are a powerful economic force in new business creation all over the world. This book profiles the current state of the “entrepreneuse” and will be a valuable reference and case book for those considering social entrepreneurship and working in emerging and developing countries." - Dr. Marilyn M. Helms, Sesquicentennial Endowed Chair and Professor of Management, Dalton State College, USA

"The book provides a rich palette of experiences of women entrepreneurs at various stages of new venture development in a broad array of industrial and geographic/institutional contexts." - Tatiana S. Manolova, Associate Professor, Bentley University, USA

"This collection of accessible case studies of women entrepreneurs, drawn from diverse country contexts, is an excellent teaching resource for entrepreneurship and development studies students." - Sara Carter, Head, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Associate Dean Strathclyde Business School

"Women entrepreneurs have become a key driving force in improving the state of the world. This book shows like no other how women from all walks of life are contributing to economic and social development globally." - Jean-Pierre Rosso, Chairman, World Economic Forum USA

Table of Contents

1. The World of Women Entrepreneurs Part I: Launching the Venture 2.Jugaré: Educational Toys from Mexico 3. Victoria Kisyombe and SELFINA: Building a Leasing Business in Tanzania 4. Ocimum Biosolutions: Genomics Outsourcing in India 5. Nej: Organic Apparel from Turkey 6. Café Helena: Not Your Average Cup of Coffee Part II: Growing the Business 7. Sibongile Sambo and SRS Aviation 8. Aldacai (Dadá) dos Santos’ Recipe for Success: The Flavors of Building a Culinary Brand-Name in Brazil 9. Maita Barrenechea and Mai10: Building a Travel Business 10. Martha Debayle’s bbmundo: Helping Parents and Their Children 11. Angela Chan’s i-Vision: "Killing Me Softly" Part III: Organizing and Leading 12. Azza Fahmy: Egyptian Jewelry 13. The Spirit behind Talavera de la Reyna: Angélica Moreno’s Pottery 14. Maha al Ghunaim: Building an Investment Bank through the Crash 15. Alicia Escobosa’s Catering: Sustaining a Business Part IV: Doing Good while Doing Well 16. Annette Zamora’s Naz y Rongo: A Scavenger Hunt in search of the Culture of Rapa Nui 17. Shokay: Luxury with a Story, Style with a Touch of Humanity 18. Jessica Rodríguez’s Art Atlas: Fair Fashion from Peru to the World 19. Pianporn Deetes: Social Entrepreneurship to Protect the Environment Part V: Leveraging Resources across Borders 20. Chieko Aoki and Blue Tree Hotels: Blending Japanese Culture with Brazilian Warmth 21. Jasmina Zerroug: Arabian Beauty, from Algeria to Paris 22. Songok Ryu: Traditional Korean Clothing in China 23. Economic Development, Women Entrepreneurs, and the Future

About the Editor

Mauro F. Guillén is the Director of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute, a management and international studies program at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. He is also Dr. Felix Zandman Endowed Professor in International Management at the Wharton School.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Entrepreneurship
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / New Business Enterprises
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries