Opportunities and challenges for female entrepreneurship: European female entrepreneurs and social value creation in rural UK

Zeinali, Mahdieh (2016) Opportunities and challenges for female entrepreneurship: European female entrepreneurs and social value creation in rural UK. In: 14th Rural Entrepreneurship Conference, 15-18 June 2016, University of Lincoln.

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This case study presents aspirations and experiences of a well-established European female entrepreneur in rural Lincolnshire. Little is accounted about immigrant females who have established a highly skilled entrepreneurial venture in rural UK and their experience of being accepted by local people. This paper adds to our knowledge by exploring how an immigrant identity can be constructed as a “business woman “using social networks and social value creation concepts. Conceptualization of new identity construction through style of networking and social value creation, which are integral parts of any business activities, demonstrates how a business can be utilized by an entrepreneur to pursue different ends. This study also reflects upon the implication of embeddedness to enable MFEs (migrant female entrepreneurs) to more effectively maintain the needs of immigrants and the condition that must be met to make this aim achievable.

Keywords:Social Networks, Gender and Immigration, Identity, Embeddedness
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N190 Business studies not elsewhere classified
L Social studies > L321 Women's Studies
L Social studies > L216 Feminism
L Social studies > L330 Ethnic studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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ID Code:24311
Deposited On:27 Sep 2016 09:40

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