Entrepreneurs' perceptions of business networks: does gender matter?
Authors: Dawson, Chris; Fuller-Love, Nerys; Sinnott, Eileen; O'Gorman, Bill
Source: The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Volume 12, Number 4, November 2011 , pp. 271-281(11)
Publisher: IP Publishing Ltd
Abstract:This paper looks at perceptions of entrepreneurial networks and the gender differences in networking. Women's networks tend to be more limited and to focus on family and friends, whereas male entrepreneurs generally have wider networks. The results of the study indicate that female entrepreneurs have a significantly more positive attitude towards networking, especially once the business has been established. The main benefits of networks for both men and women are better business contacts, sharing knowledge, problem solving and social aspects. Female entrepreneurs also believe that networks can provide them with learning opportunities and enable them to develop management skills.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2011-11-01
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