1st Edition

Women Entrepreneurs
Inspiring Stories from Emerging Economies and Developing Countries

Edited By

Mauro F. Guillén

ISBN 9780415523486
Published July 17, 2013 by Routledge
296 Pages

USD $74.95

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

@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

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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.


"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