Working Papers
  • Women Entrepreneurship: Research Review And Future Directions
  • Author : Vanita Yadav and Jeemol Unni
  • July - 2016

Studies on women entrepreneurship have witnessed a rapid growth over the past 30 years. The field is at an adolescent stage with a sizeable number of journal articles, literature reviews, and books published on women entrepreneurs. The objective of this study is twofold. The first is to examine the number of papers published on women entrepreneurship in 12 established entrepreneurship journals from 1900 to 2016. The second is to assess the growth of the field by reviewing literature reviews published from 1980s till 2016 and expediting future research directions. Review findings suggest that there is still a long way to go in terms of building a strong theoretical base for research on women entrepreneurship. The lens of feminist theories could be applied in conjunction with the existing entrepreneurship theories to advance the field. In terms of methodology, past research has been dominated by the positivist paradigm with a need to embrace innovative methods for building explanations using a constructionist approach. Besides, studies primarily conducted in developed economies are mostly restricted within national boundaries. There is a need to build transnational networks and foster professional communities to facilitate growth in the field.

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