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From top management to entrepreneurship: women's next move?

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  • Helena Knörr
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    Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide better understanding of women's career advancement to top management and their future aspirations to become entrepreneurs. Design/methodology/approach – The paper's approach is qualitative research hermeneutic phenomenology. Findings – Women's career experiences predisposed them to find an alternate route, entrepreneurship, despite having achieved top management. Research limitations/implications – Understanding factors that successfully contribute to the development of women entrepreneurs from a career development perspective is a critical endeavor for any type of organization. This qualitative research is limited to US for-profit organizations. Originality/value – The value of this paper is that it provides a unique way to look at the career development for women from those who reached top management and their motivations to become entrepreneurs

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    Article provided by Emerald Group Publishing in its journal International Journal of Manpower.

    Volume (Year): 32 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 99-116

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    Handle: RePEc:eme:ijmpps:v:32:y:2011:i:1:p:99-116

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    1. Jane Waldfogel, 1998. "Understanding the "Family Gap" in Pay for Women with Children," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 12(1), pages 137-156, Winter.
    2. chell Elizabeth & susan baines, 1998. "Does gender affect business ‘performance’? A study of microbusinesses in business services in the UK," Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 10(2), pages 117-135, January.
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    4. Marianne Bertrand & Kevin F. Hallock, 2001. "The Gender gap in top corporate jobs," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 55(1), pages 3-21, October.
    5. Wellington, Alison J., 2006. "Self-employment: the new solution for balancing family and career?," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 13(3), pages 357-386, June.
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