Encouraging female entrepreneurship in Jordan: environmental factors, obstacles and challenges

Mehtap, Salime and Caputo, Andrea and Pellegrini, Massimiliano M. (2016) Encouraging female entrepreneurship in Jordan: environmental factors, obstacles and challenges. In: Entrepreneurship and management in an Islamic context. Springer. ISBN 9783319396774

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The number of female entrepreneurs and their contribution to the economy is steadily rising. Yet research suggests that female entrepreneurs face more challenges and barriers than their male counterparts. This is expected to be even more prevalent in Islamic contexts, which are characterised by conservative and patriarchal societies. In this research, 254 female business students from a private and a public university responded to a questionnaire that gauges their perceptions about potential barriers to entrepreneurship in Jordan and whether the business education they are receiving helps to prepare them for future entrepreneurial activity. Our results help to form a basis on which a deeper understanding of the phenomena can be achieved through more in depth future research. Among the main environmental factors that worry potential female entrepreneurs are the weakness of Jordanian economy, lack of finance, fear of risk, gender inequality and inability to maintain a work and private life balance. Our results also show that students are really not aware of the opportunities available to them and are unable to make a proper assessment. We call on both universities and the Jordanian government to put more emphasis on practical entrepreneurial education and encouraging women to play a much more active role within the workforce.

Keywords:Entrepreneurship, Female, Entrepreneurial Education, Jordan, Middle East
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N120 International Business studies
N Business and Administrative studies > N100 Business studies
T Eastern, Asiatic, African, American and Australasian Languages, Literature and related subjects > T630 Modern Middle-Eastern Society and Culture studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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ID Code:19603
Deposited On:19 Nov 2015 20:47

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