The heterogeneity of women entrepreneurial spirit and the influence on strategy making
As one of the important driving forces of innovation, entrepreneurship is of vital significance to enterprises' development and strategic decision-making. However, the current research has been focusing on the broad concept of entrepreneurship or directly comparing the differences between male and female entrepreneurs, and few attentions have been paid to the heterogeneity within female entrepreneurship. Based on upper echelons theory, this study focuses on the heterogeneity of female entrepreneurship, and explores the antecedents on the development of female entrepreneurship and also the influence of different aspects of female entrepreneurship on important strategic decisions of enterprises. Based on the survey data analysis of 116 Chinese female entrepreneurs, this study finds that a harmonious family background, diversified work experience and higher educational background are conducive to the female entrepreneurship development in the aspects of humanistic care, expression and communication skills and self-control ability accordingly. The results also show that the more women entrepreneurs pay attention to humanistic care, the more likely their companies engage in corporate social responsibility activities. Female entrepreneurs with strong self-control ability tend to be more likely to promote the international diversification development of enterprises. These findings provide implications for the development of female entrepreneurship and its influence on the strategic decision-making of enterprise development.
Advisor: He, Xiao Cici
Degree Name: Doctor of Business Administration
Degree Discipline: Dean's Office, School of Business
Publisher: University of Otago
Keywords: Female entrepreneurship; Heterogeneity; Corporate social responsibility; Internationalization; Diversity
Research Type: Thesis