Incubation or Induction? Gendered Identity Work in the Context of Technology Business Incubation

Susan Marlow, Maura McAdam

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

62 Citations (Scopus)
555 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

While there is a substantial body of literature exploring the influence of business incubation upon early stage firms, this debate remains almost entirely gender blind. This article challenges this assumption by adopting a feminist perspective to reveal business incubation as a gendered process shaping the identity work undertaken by women seeking legitimacy as technology venturers. In so doing, we critically evaluate prevailing normative analyses of the business incubation process and entrepreneurial legitimation. To illustrate this argument, we draw upon empirical evidence which reveals technology incubation as a legitimating induction process encouraging women to reproduce masculinized representations of the normative technology entrepreneur.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)791-816
Number of pages26
JournalEntrepreneurship Theory and Practice
Volume39
Issue number4
Early online date27 Aug 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Incubation or Induction? Gendered Identity Work in the Context of Technology Business Incubation'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this