Revisiting feminism, entrepreneurship, and internationalization foundations to examine institutional factors affecting women-owned SMEs’ entry in foreign market

Akter, Mansura and Rahman, Mahfuzur and Radicic, Dragana (2019) Revisiting feminism, entrepreneurship, and internationalization foundations to examine institutional factors affecting women-owned SMEs’ entry in foreign market. In: The 3rd Development Economics Conference 2019, 17th -19th June 2019, Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln, UK.

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Abstract

Participation of women-owned SMEs in the international trade is getting more importance in the transformation of institutional changes. Although women entrepreneurs are contributing to the social and economic development, the role of social, cultural and legal institutions of any given economy is still debatable. This argument remains controversial, as there is no single theory that has explained the phenomenon of women-owned firms in international trade so far. Because of the missing link between gender sensitivity with the existing theories of entrepreneurship and internationalization, there is a serious research gap. To fill up this research gap, this study revisits existing theories from three research domains: feminism, entrepreneurship and internationalization. Factors derived from revisiting theories of entrepreneurship and internationalization has been evaluated based on findings of review of feminist theories. Finally, key parameters have been selected to assess internationalization of women-owned SMEs, which need empirical investigation.

This study discusses the need for incorporating feminism, entrepreneurship, and internationalization foundations to assess institutional factors in international women entrepreneurship. This discussion addressed two major questions: How do we use evaluation method to examine international women entrepreneurship? How do we incorporate feminism and entrepreneurship to study internationalization of women owned SMEs. As social action is significant, this study advances an integrative view of internationalization of women-owned SMEs as a meaningful action by incorporating feminist and entrepreneurship concepts in the interplay of choice, rationality and interpretation.

This study presents evidence sufficient to show scales regarding the criteria and parameters for assessing growth and expansion of women-owned SMEs. Hence, the findings of this research will contribute at theory developing and at policymaking level and in practice at managerial level.

Keywords:SMEs, Entrepreneurship, Internationalization, Gender mainstreaming, Institutional change
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N120 International Business studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:36386
Deposited On:05 Jul 2019 08:59

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