Reference : Gender and success in entrepreneurship research: A critical perspective
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Gender and success in entrepreneurship research: A critical perspective
Chasserio, Stéphanie mailto [Skema Business School > > > >]
Constantinidis, Christina mailto [Public Research Center Henri Tudor > SSI Department - Service Science and Innovation > IMaGinE - Innovation Management: People and Organization > >]
Lee-Gosselin, Hélène mailto [Université Laval > > > >]
Poroli, Corinne mailto [Skema Business School > > > >]
12th EURAM Annual Conference Proceedings
12th EURAM Annual Conference on Social innovation for competitiveness, organisational performance and human excellence
from 6-6-2012 to 8-6-2012
Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
The Netherlands
[en] Success ; Entrepreneurship ; Gender
[en] This paper aims to challenge the conventional definition of success in entrepreneurship. It pinpoints the inadequacy of its masculine gendered definition to take into account the vision of women entrepreneurs (WEs). It focuses on the concept of success and its various meanings for WEs. The paper is grounded in three qualitative studies on WEs undertaken in Quebec, France and Belgium, reaching 151 diverse entrepreneurs. The findings reveal that the commonly accepted definition and measure of entrepreneurial success, business growth and financial performance, is not adequate for most WE s. Broader visions of success and complex meanings exist among Wes; success is a multi-dimensional reality rather than a simple dominant goal: profits or growth. Our contribution is to challenge the relevance of traditional theoretical frameworks in entrepreneurship, and we plead for their widening, for women and men. We also propose a conceptual grid to reconsider success in entrepreneurship which could be exploited in other research.

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