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Nascent Entrepreneurs' Priorities on Growth: The Surprising Similarity of Women and Men

Lynnette Claire
Most extant research shows that female entrepreneurs are less likely to grow large firms and, in fact, don’t want to grow their firms as large as male entrepreneurs do. This study of 191 nascent entrepreneurs finds that neither men nor women entrepreneurs consider firm growth a top priority for their emerging firms. These a priori ideas about growth and firm success are an important contribution to the investigation of gender differences towards entrepreneurial firm growth. Implications of these findings for policy makers and entrepreneurial assistance organizations are explored.



Fostering Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership in Family Firms: Ten Lessons

Mary Barrett

Ken Moores
Women’s potential to lead a firm – whether one started by a family member or a new venture of their own – is still not often enough acknowledged. With family firms acknowledged as the seeding grounds for the next generation of entrepreneurs, and with increasing attention in research and public policy to women’s entrepreneurship, it is important to understand the factors in family firms which help and hinder their women members’ leadership and entrepreneurship potential. This article, based on the authors’ book Women in Family Business Leadership Roles: Daughters on the Stage (Edward Elgar, 2009), presents ten lessons for family firms which arise from the experience of women in family firms.



SME Survival Clusters in Developing Countries (With Case Studies)

Mario Davide Parrilli
This paper examines the phenomenon of ‘survival clusters’ or groups of small- and medium-sized firms in developing countries, formed to stimulate growth. Adopting a ‘system’ approach in addition to a ‘stages’ approach, the author analyses data from two SME clusters in Central America as Case Studies. Policy recommendations are made.



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