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

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  • Terri R. Lituchy

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  • Martha A. Reavley

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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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