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Do Women Engage Differently in Entrepreneurship?

In: The Palgrave Handbook of Minority Entrepreneurship


  • Candida G. Brush

    (Babson College)

  • Patricia G. Greene

    (Babson College)


Assumptions of homogeneity about women entrepreneurs and grouping them together mask differences from the intersections of other minority group membership, including but not limited to race and ethnicity. This chapter addresses the question, ‘do women engage differently in entrepreneurship?’ The chapter presents a framework for the entrepreneurial process, then explores the narratives that highlight differences between men and women entrepreneurs, both those evident in stereotypes and those that represent reality. The chapter concludes that it is important to recognise differences between men and women and among groups of women, to understand what they are and how differences might contribute to a better entrepreneurial model for all. Suggestions and implications for practice, training, education, policy and research are included.

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  • Candida G. Brush & Patricia G. Greene, 2021. "Do Women Engage Differently in Entrepreneurship?," Springer Books, in: Thomas M. Cooney (ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Minority Entrepreneurship, edition 1, pages 139-158, Springer.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:sprchp:978-3-030-66603-3_7
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-66603-3_7

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