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Why Women Enter into Entrepreneurship? An Emerging Conceptual Framework Based on the Peruvian Case

Beatrice Avolio
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Beatrice Avolio: CENTRUM Católica, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Journal of Women's Entrepreneurship and Education, 2012, issue 3-4, 43-63

Abstract: The study identifies the various reasons why women become entrepreneurs, considering their life cycle and the factors that have encouraged them, using the qualitative paradigm based on case studies of twenty-four women entrepreneurs in Peru. The research identified six profiles according to the different routes by which women choose entrepreneurship: Young Women with Employment Options, Growing Women with External Constraints, Consolidated Women with a Trunked Career, Natural Young Women, Growing Women, and Consolidated Professional Women. The findings proposed that women entrepreneurs are not a homogeneous group, considering a sole dimension to understand why women become entrepreneurs is an inadequate simplification.

Keywords: Women; entrepreneurs; motivation; entrepreneurship; women entrepreneurs (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: B54 L26 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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