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Are Men More Innovative And Aggressive In Business? Case Study From The Czech Republic

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  • Premysl Bartos

    () (Department of Enterprise Economics, Faculty of Management and Economics, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Mostni 5139, 760 01 Zlin, Czech Republic)

  • Aleksandr Kljucnikov

    () (Department of Managerial Economics, University of Business and Law, Michalkovicka 1810/181, 710 00 Ostrava, Czech Republic)

  • Boris Popesko

    () (Department of Enterprise Economics, Faculty of Management and Economics, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Mostni 5139, 760 01 Zlin, Czech Republic)

  • Jiri Machacek

    () (Department of Regional Development, Public Sector Administration and Law, Faculty of Management and Economics, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Mostni 5139, 760 01 Zlin, Czech Republic)

Abstract

SMEs make a major contribution to the growth and employment in the EU. In today’s fierce competition in the market economic activities the SMEs had gradually developed into a major force for national economic and social development in every country of world. The aim of this article is to examine the approach to innovativeness and competitive aggressiveness between males and females in the segment of small and medium-sized enterprises. Based on the results of the questionnaire which was conducted in May 2015 in the Czech Republic we tried to test four hypotheses on the relationship between the gender of entrepreneurs of SMEs and their attitude to innovativeness and competitive aggressiveness. The results of our research have pointed out some differences between genders. Men-entrepreneurs who do business in the segment of SMEs in the Czech Republic are slightly more innovative and are significantly more aggressive in regard to competitors than women, as they apply aggressive approach and their companies are perceived as aggressive.

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  • Premysl Bartos & Aleksandr Kljucnikov & Boris Popesko & Jiri Machacek, 2015. "Are Men More Innovative And Aggressive In Business? Case Study From The Czech Republic," International Journal of Entrepreneurial Knowledge, VSP Ostrava, a. s., vol. 3(2), pages 29-39, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:jek:journl:v:3:y:2015:i:2:p:29-39
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