1st Edition

Women-Owned SMEs in Emerging Markets
The Missing Link in Global Supply Chains

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ISBN 9780367638498
November 4, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
224 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

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Book Description

This book investigates women as business owners in emerging markets, documenting the structural difficulties they face as a result of their seeking access to global supply chains, and demonstrating the ways in which they are rewriting norms and challenging market assumptions.

Although women own an estimated one-third of all small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in emerging markets, they are deeply underrepresented in global supply chains. In what the author refers to as the Women in Trade Deficit, women-owned enterprises earn less than 1% of all money spent on vendors by large corporations and governments worldwide. Drawing on an in-depth empirical investigation of a range of SMEs in Bangladesh, Nigeria, and Sri Lanka, this book investigates how women enter the supply chains of major global firms and multinational corporations and the challenges they face in doing so. Overall, the book argues that these business owners are rewriting norms and rearranging markets through networked enterprises to advance what the author calls prosocial industrialism.

Whilst many studies focus on women at the micro-enterprise or laborer level, this book makes an important contribution to our understanding of their role at the helm of SMEs that trade internationally. As such, it will be of interest to researchers across business studies, economics, sociology, and development studies, and to donor agencies, policymakers, and the global private sector.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Manuel Castells

Preface: Meet Fatima

Chapter One: Introduction

Chapter Two: Finding the Missing Link in Global Supply Chains

Chapter Three: Women-Owned SMEs in Emerging Markets

Chapter Four: Institutional Arrangements: Understanding, Reacting, and Adapting

Chapter Five: International Standards and Procurement in Practice

Chapter Six: Circumventing Boundaries Digitally and the Role of Trust

Chapter Seven: Unpacking the Women in Trade Deficit

Chapter Eight: Conclusion

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Shabnam Shalizi specializes in international development, inclusive growth, social impact and responsibility, sustainability, and performance measurement across corporations, governments, and international aid organizations. A former management consultant, she completed her PhD at the University of Southern California.