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Why Hurry? The Slow Process of High Growth in Women-Owned Businesses in a Resource-Scarce Context

Ngoasong, Michael Zisuh and Kimbu, Albert Nsom (2019). Why Hurry? The Slow Process of High Growth in Women-Owned Businesses in a Resource-Scarce Context. Journal of Small Business Management, 57(1) pp. 40–58.

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This article critically uncovers how embeddedness within a resource-scarce context influences high-growth women’s entrepreneurship. Research suggests that though highly embedded women entrepreneurs can easily access resources and attain legitimacy, resulting in high-growth businesses, they can also become locked into existing systems that constrain their growth development paths. Using 16 qualitative cases developed in Cameroon, we unpack and resolve this paradox by analyzing how entrepreneurial path creation by women entrepreneurs enables the realization of growth aspirations. Implications for initiatives to support high-growth women’s entrepreneurship in resource-scarce contexts are critically examined.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 The Authors
ISSN: 1540-627X
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Small Research GrantsNot SetAcademy/Leverhulme Trust
Keywords: Embeddedness; Women Entrepreneurship; Entrepreneurial path-creation; Path-dependency and lock-in; Women empowerment
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 58111
Depositing User: Michael Ngoasong
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2018 14:46
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2019 20:28
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