AN EXPLORATION OF BARRIERS FACED BY FEMALE GRADUATE ENTREPRENEURS IN BANGLADESH

Islam, Md Asadul and Hamzah, Amer and Hunt, Abigail and Rahman, Ferdausar and Abdullah, Mirza Manirajah (2019) AN EXPLORATION OF BARRIERS FACED BY FEMALE GRADUATE ENTREPRENEURS IN BANGLADESH. Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues . ISSN 2029-7017

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Abstract

This study explores and examines challenges faced by female graduate entrepreneurs founding and growing SMEs in Bangladesh. It particularly seeks to address the current gap in the literature on the challenges faced specifically by female graduate entrepreneurs in Bangladesh, and is among the first of its kind. We conducted 12 semi-structured interviews including 6 graduate female entrepreneurs of SMEs and 6 scholars in entrepreneurship in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and found that educated, graduate, females faced more challenges than uneducated or non-graduate females because of their educational background. It appears from our research that those women who had graduated from university were more likely to join in a company rather than starting and continuing to develop their own business. In addition to these key findings, we also found that Bangladeshi female graduate entrepreneurs had a lack of negotiation and pitching skills, little confidence, little access to institutional training and courses on SMEs and entrepreneurship. They also faced challenges such as lengthy, biased, and expensive loan facilities, corruption, operating in a conservative culture, a lack of support from their families and partners, challenges in mobility caused by traffic congestions in Dhaka, and risks to personal security. All of our findings from the interviews are well supported by additional research in the form of scientific observations of 79 entrepreneurs and 20 private and 5 public universities. The practical implications of these challenges are discussed in the paper and recommendations offered to key stakeholders to facilitate female graduate entrepreneurs in opening and operating SMEs in Bangladesh.

Keywords:Bangladesh, Entrepreneurship, Graduates
Subjects:L Social studies > L321 Women's Studies
N Business and Administrative studies > N120 International Business studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:37632
Deposited On:09 Oct 2019 08:31

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