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Women entrepreneurs as agents of change: A comparative analysis of social entrepreneurship processes in emerging markets

Eugenia Rosca, Nivedita Agarwal and Alexander Brem ()

Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 2020, vol. 157, issue C

Abstract: In recent years, social and women entrepreneurship have become two growing fields of entrepreneurship research. In the context of social entrepreneurship, earlier research indicates that women are a better fit for leading social enterprises. However, the relevance of gender in the field of social entrepreneurship is underexplored and calls for further research, framing the mainstay of this study. Through a multiple case study approach employing four firms from two emerging markets – India and Colombia – we analyze how women entrepreneurs engage in social entrepreneurship processes in uncertain Base of the Pyramid environments. We use the effectuation lens to investigate the entrepreneurial journey and decision-making logics employed at various stages of the venture development. Findings show that women social entrepreneurs are highly motivated concerning social issues. Also, women entrepreneurs show a subtle transition between the two approaches of causation and effectuation during the venture creation processes. This study highlights the specific challenges that women entrepreneurs face in the emerging market context and the inclusive strategies they employ to enhance socio-economic development.

Keywords: Social entrepreneurship; Women entrepreneurship; Inclusive business; BoP; Emerging economies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2020.120067

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