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Public Support and Inter-firm Collaborations in Women-Owned Firms


  • Ana Maria Bojica

    (Fuentes Maria del Mar)

  • Albacete Sáez Carlos

    (University of Granada)


This study goes beyond the descriptive analyses of women entrepreneur’s networks, and advances the idea of interdependency between the different types of relationships they build. It emphasizes that developing ties with support institutions can reinforce and legitimate them in the interactions with peers organisations. The results of the research on a sample of Spanish women-owned business reveal that as the level of support obtained through the relationships with public entities increases, the average social interaction with clients and collaborators and the quality of relationships with collaborators increases. Further, we suggest that purposeful management of inter-organisational relationships can represent a valid instrument for overcoming lack of legitimacy and gender barriers.

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  • Ana Maria Bojica & Albacete Sáez Carlos, 2010. "Public Support and Inter-firm Collaborations in Women-Owned Firms," Journal of Women's Entrepreneurship and Education, Institute of Economic Sciences, issue 3-4, pages 28-46.
  • Handle: RePEc:ibg:jwejou:y:2010:i:3-4:p:28-46

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    Gender; inter-organisational relationships; women-owned business;

    JEL classification:

    • B54 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - Feminist Economics
    • L26 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Entrepreneurship


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