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Subject Area: Enterprise and Innovation
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|Title:||Female entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia: opportunities and challenges|
|Author(s):||Abeer Yousuf Danish, (Personnel Department, Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, London, UK), Helen Lawton Smith, (Department of Management, Birkbeck, University of London, London, UK)|
|Citation:||Abeer Yousuf Danish, Helen Lawton Smith, (2012) "Female entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia: opportunities and challenges", International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, Vol. 4 Iss: 3, pp.216 - 235|
|Keywords:||Entrepreneurialism, Female entrepreneurship, Gender, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/17566261211264136 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the challenges facing female entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia.
Design/methodology/approach – The study draws on secondary data on the context to women's entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia, and on Brush
Findings – It was found that female entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia are now establishing and managing more small and medium sized entities than at any time in the past and this trend is growing. This is in spite of significant challenges, both societal and institutional.
Practical implications – The research suggests a number of ways in which institutions of state and trade – which often act as barriers to women practically running a business – could be overcome. These include provision of resources, training and mentoring, and eliminating some of the administrative procedures which require male representation in the establishment and financing female entrepreneurship.
Originality/value – The paper presents original research on the growing phenomenon of female entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia. It positions explanations for this trend in the macro and micro economic context and in conceptualisations of female entrepreneurship.
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