A gendered critique of the copreneurial business partnership: Exploring the implications for entrepreneurial emancipation

Maura McAdam, Susan Marlow

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Abstract

This article explores the gender dynamics of a copreneurial relationship in which the normative gendered order is transposed such that the female partner acts as the lead entrepreneur. This transposition is analysed as an ideological dilemma, given the tensions arising from the conflicting gendered spousal positioning within the business and marital relationships. Drawing on this evidence, the authors explore how entrepreneurship both reflects and reproduces prevailing gendered relationships. Theoretically, the paper contributes to emerging critiques questioning entrepreneurship as a socioeconomic site of agentic emancipation using the conceptual lens of a gendered ideological dilemma.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-163
JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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