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Making the most of group relationships: The role of gender and boundary effects in microcredit groups

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  • Milanov, Hana
  • Justo, Rachida
  • Bradley, Steven W.
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    Relationships and networks are important for a range of entrepreneurial outcomes. However, gender scholars' efforts to compare networks across genders rarely extend to provide empirical evidence for the link between networks and performance. Building on expectation states theory and network perspectives, we examine between- and within-gender differences in the network size–performance relationship, highlighting the conditions under which some females leverage their relationships for firm performance better than others. Using data collected from microcredit entrepreneurs in Kenya, we find that the number of within-group ties positively influences firm performance but more positively for male entrepreneurs. For female entrepreneurs, this relationship is contingent on both their individual and their group's characteristics. We discuss implications and future research directions for the gender, networks, and microcredit literatures.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Business Venturing.

    Volume (Year): 30 (2015)
    Issue (Month): 6 ()
    Pages: 822-838

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jbvent:v:30:y:2015:i:6:p:822-838
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusvent.2015.04.001
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