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Women Entrepreneurs: A Comparison of International Small Business Owners in Poland and the Czech Republic


  • Terri R. Lituchy


  • Martha A. Reavley



Women entrepreneurs from two Central European countries with relatively new market economies were interviewed for this research. The authors describe the experiences and motivation of these women international business owners and compare them to the literature on women entrepreneurs in North America. Cross-culturally, women entrepreneurs share many of the same motivations for starting a business, and experience similar challenges to making their enterprises successful. North American models of entrepreneurship are also examined. The findings suggest a universal model for entrepreneurship. Suggestions for government policies are put forward. Managerial and theoretical implications are also presented and new directions for research on women entrepreneurs are suggested.

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  • Terri R. Lituchy & Martha A. Reavley, 2004. "Women Entrepreneurs: A Comparison of International Small Business Owners in Poland and the Czech Republic," Journal of International Entrepreneurship, Springer, vol. 2(1_2), pages 61-87, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jinten:v:2:y:2004:i:1_2:p:61-87

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    1. Danijela Stošić, 2016. "Aspects Of The Business Success Important To Female Entrepreneurs In Urban Areas Of The Republic Of Serbia – A Pilot Study," Economic Annals, Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade, vol. 61(208), pages 121-136, January -.
    2. Desislava YORDANOVA & Tsvetan DAVIDKOV, 2009. "Similarities And Differences Between Female And Male Entrepreneurs In A Transition Context: Evidence From Bulgaria," Journal of Applied Economic Sciences, Spiru Haret University, Faculty of Financial Management and Accounting Craiova, vol. 4(4(10)_Win), pages 571-582.
    3. Jones, Marian V. & Coviello, Nicole & Tang, Yee Kwan, 2011. "International Entrepreneurship research (1989–2009): A domain ontology and thematic analysis," Journal of Business Venturing, Elsevier, vol. 26(6), pages 632-659.
    4. Desislava I. Yordanova, 2008. "Gender Effects on Performance in Bulgarian Private Enterprises," Working Papers 0806, Departament Empresa, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, revised Oct 2008.
    5. Kiss, Andreea N. & Danis, Wade M. & Cavusgil, S. Tamer, 2012. "International entrepreneurship research in emerging economies: A critical review and research agenda," Journal of Business Venturing, Elsevier, vol. 27(2), pages 266-290.

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