Gender and new venture outcomes : not better or worse, just different

Zolin, Roxanne & Watson, John (2012) Gender and new venture outcomes : not better or worse, just different. In Proceedings of the The Joint ACERE-DIANA International Entrepreneurship Conference, University of Notre Dame, Fremantle, WA.

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We investigate how differences in the goals of male and female entrepreneurs affect business resources, outcomes and satisfaction with those outcomes. To investigate this topic we use the CAUSEE database to access a longitudinal sample of 247 female-controlled and 332 male-controlled young Australian firms. We find that female entrepreneurs are less motivated by business growth, invest less time developing their businesses and yet even when profits are lower they are more satisfied with their profit performance. Our results support prior qualitative studies indicating that female business owners want greater flexibility and manageability in terms of balancing their family and work responsibilities. Our findings also suggest that future dialogue on firm performance should include an analysis of the entrepreneur’s achievement in terms of both financial and personal goals.

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ID Code: 48726
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Gender, Venture Outcomes, Differences, Entrepreneurs
ISBN: 9780646572673
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Entrepreneurship (150304)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 20 Feb 2012 05:37
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2012 04:16

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