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Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development

ISSN: 1462-6004

Online from: 1994

Subject Area: Enterprise and Innovation

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An exploratory study of women in micro enterprises: gender-related differences


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Title:An exploratory study of women in micro enterprises: gender-related differences
Author(s):Karl W. Sandberg, (Karl W. Sandberg is a Professor at the National Institute for Working Life/Mid Sweden University, Östersund, Sweden.)
Citation:Karl W. Sandberg, (2003) "An exploratory study of women in micro enterprises: gender-related differences", Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, Vol. 10 Iss: 4, pp.408 - 417
Keywords:Economic policy, Rural regions, Sweden, Women
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/14626000310504710 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:This article assesses gender-related differences in rural enterprises and examines implications for development of economic policy and services in a rural district of Sweden. The article focuses on female owned micro enterprises. A quantitative and qualitative survey of 32 micro enterprise owners was carried out. Focus was on owner attitudes toward local governmental policies and programmes. There were not strong differences between genders for items using multiple-choice responses. Where qualitative, written responses were solicited there were some differences in perceptions and attitudes. The female respondents tended to write more and respond in ways that suggest that they tend to reflect more upon the future and new possibilites. Differences in style of operation were evident; others have reported this. Written responses from female participants described in greater detail and more clearly the ongoing need for governmental support of networking activities and other programmes that promote cooperation and resource pooling (regardless of gender).



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