Does entrepreneurship fit her? Women entrepreneurs, gender-role orientation, and entrepreneurial culture

Published on Nov 28, 2020in Small Business Economics8.164
· DOI :10.1007/S11187-020-00433-W
Francisco Liñán30
Estimated H-index: 30
(ARU: Anglia Ruskin University),
Inmaculada Jaén6
Estimated H-index: 6
(University of Seville),
Domingo Martín Martín3
Estimated H-index: 3
(University of Seville)
The present research analyzes the way in which gender-role orientation (GRO) and perceived entrepreneurial culture affect the advancement of women through the different stages in the entrepreneurial process. To do so, a sample of 1195 Spanish women is studied using Bem’s Sex Role Inventory to identify their GRO and a perceived regional culture (PRC) scale. The results confirm that women with a masculine or androgynous orientation are more likely to develop entrepreneurial careers. Besides, for masculine GRO women, the perception of a supportive entrepreneurial culture in their region fosters their advancement in entrepreneurship. In contrast, the effect of perceived culture is negative for women with an androgynous GRO. These results contribute to advance knowledge on the entrepreneurial process for women. Based on our results, the debate about women entrepreneurship should be expanded to fully acknowledge the relevance of GRO.
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