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Struggling with social capital: Pakistani women micro entrepreneurs' challenges in acquiring resources
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Business, Economics and Law.
Villanova Univ, Villanova Sch Business, USA.
Hanken Sch Econ, Entrepreneurship & Org, Helsinki, Finland; Luleå Univ Technol, Entrepreneurship & Innovat, Luleå.
2017 (English)In: Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, ISSN 0898-5626, E-ISSN 1464-5114, Vol. 29, no 7-8, p. 759-790Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A crucial aspect of successful venturing is social capital. In contrast to traditional Western-oriented research where social capital is construed positively, we found that in the traditional, patriarchal society of Pakistan, social capital puts high restrictions on women micro entrepreneurs - where social capital prevents or slows venturing efforts. Results also show that although women do get some selective access to resources from family members, they are restricted by limited access to social capital outside of family members. As women entrepreneurs have the potential to play an important role in the development of any society, and especially so in developing countries, based on the insights derived from this qualitative study, we propose suggestions for further research on women micro entrepreneurs in non-Western contexts.

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2017. Vol. 29, no 7-8, p. 759-790
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Women entrepreneurs, social capital, context, resource acquisition, developing countries, Pakistan
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-31872DOI: 10.1080/08985626.2017.1349190ISI: 000407626700009Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85025146577OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-31872DiVA: diva2:1149878
Available from: 2017-10-17 Created: 2017-10-17 Last updated: 2017-10-23Bibliographically approved

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