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Female entrepreneurship in the digital era

Elisa Ughetto (), Mariacristina Rossi (), David Audretsch () and Erik Lehmann ()
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Elisa Ughetto: Politecnico di Torino & BRICK-Collegio Carlo Alberto
David Audretsch: Indiana University

Small Business Economics, 2020, vol. 55, issue 2, No 1, 305-312

Abstract: Abstract The literature on female entrepreneurship is blooming and largely points to the challenges that women face in establishing and running a business, with a particular focus on access to information, finance and networks. Surprisingly, little is known on the role played by digital technologies in driving changes in female entrepreneurship. While academic research is starting to analyze the role that digital technologies play in entrepreneurial ecosystems, the gender perspective remains largely unexplored. In this paper, we outline contributions that intend to enlarge and thicken our understanding of whether and how women entrepreneurs leverage new digital technologies in the creation and conduct of new ventures in order to overcome the hurdles they face. We conclude with a promising new line of research to our understanding of whether and to what extent new digital technologies provide an opportunity space in the creation and conduct of new ventures for women.

Keywords: Digital era; Entrepreneurship; Gender; B54; J16; L26; M13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s11187-019-00298-8

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