Towards a New Theory of Entrepreneurship in Culture and Gender: A Grounded Study of Thailand’s Most Successful Female Entrepreneurs

Hatcher, Caroline A. & Terjesen, Siri A. (2007) Towards a New Theory of Entrepreneurship in Culture and Gender: A Grounded Study of Thailand’s Most Successful Female Entrepreneurs. In Gillin, L. Murray (Ed.) 4th AGSE International Entrepreneurship Research Exchange 2007, 6 – 9 February 2007, Brisbane, Australia.


This paper explores the phenomenon of Thailand's female entrepreneurs and account for some of the cultural drivers in the way in which Thai women operate to be the leading country in the world for female entrepreneurship in terms of entrepreneurial activity. Based on interviews, media reporting, event attendance, and presentations collected during the annual conference for Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World (LWEW) in Bangkok, Thailand. We report the ways in which the leading Thai female entrepreneurs and male senior government officials explain the role of culture in legitimatising entrepreneurial activity. We develop a picture of the female entrepreneurship is harmonious with Thai cultural and religious models of appropriate female behaviour and so provides some insights into the cultural reasons for prevalence of female entrepreneurial activity.

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ID Code: 12935
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Entrepreneurship, Culture, Gender, Thailand, Female Entrepreneurs
ISBN: 9780980332803
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 10 Mar 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:36

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