Challenges to the formalization of Palestinian female-owned home-based businesses

Grace Khoury, Wojdan Farraj, Suhail Sultan

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Taking a fresh look at how performance is defined by examining the institutional power structures and policies, eminent scholars herein explore ways to overcome constrained performance and encourage women’s entrepreneurial activities through a variety of methodological approaches and geographical contexts.

Significantly, this book adds a critical perspective to defining ‘success’ and ‘performance’, shattering misconceptions of underperformance in women-owned enterprises. The contributing authors raise questions on the limiting concept of the ‘entrepreneur’ and have valuable insights into policies to facilitate female entrepreneurs. Instead of taking a one-sided and narrow approach with regards to understanding the entrepreneurship performance phenomenon, this book argues that future researchers should take a fresh look at business performance, considering structural constraints, definitions of success and other socio-political factors.

Scholars in the fields of entrepreneurship, gender studies, and institutional theory, as well as those who have a general interest in critical research, will benefit from this progressive step in entrepreneurship research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWomen entrepreneurs and the myth of ‘underperformance’: a new look at women’s entrepreneurship research
EditorsShumaila Yousafzai, Alain Fayolle, Adam Lindgreen, Colette Henry, Saadat Saeed, Shandana Sheikh
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd
ISBN (Electronic)9781786434500
ISBN (Print)9781786434494
Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes


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