The changing experience of Australian female entrepreneurs

Bennett, Rebekah & Dann, Susan (2005) The changing experience of Australian female entrepreneurs. In Fielden, Sandra L. & Davidson, Marilyn J. (Eds.) International Handbook Of Women And Small Business Entrepreneurship. Edward Elgar, Northampton, Ma..


As the chapters in this Handbook clearly illustrate, the study of women entrepreneurs is a dynamic field. Increasing numbers of women are starting up their own businesses and, unlike previous generations, many young women are choosing to become business operators as a career choice, rather than becoming business owners as a result of circumstance. Australian entrepreneurial women are following this same trend with distinct changes in motivations and backgrounds becoming apparent with younger generations generally being better educated and moving into non-traditional fields of endeavour. As previously mentioned in Chapter 5, relatively little research has been conducted on Australian entrepreneurs, male or female, and where this has occurred much of the focus has been on defining the characteristics and experiences which differentiate the approaches to business taken by males and females. The field is further complicated by the lack of statistics and measurements which focus specifically on entrepreneurs, as opposed to small-business people. In this chapter the changing experiences of Australian female entrepreneurs; definitional and contextual factors of entrepreneurship; and small business development are discussed, prior to an overview of recent Australian research into female entrepreneurs. Specific themes which are addressed include the changing characteristics of Australian female entrepreneurs, age and life stage influences, government policies and programmes which are encouraging innovation and new venture development, and the increasing importance of technology and rural innovation in developing the Australian economy.

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Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Rebekah Russell-Bennett
ISBN: 9781843760122
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > MARKETING (150500) > Marketing not elsewhere classified (150599)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Edward Elgar
Deposited On: 08 Apr 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2015 14:12

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