Entrepreneurs' Perceptions of Success: Examining Differences Across Gender and Family Status

20 Pages Posted: 4 Oct 2007

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Rachida Justo

Instituto de Empresa

Julio O. de Castro

Instituto de Empresa Business School

Alicia Coduras

Instituto de Empresa

Cristina Cruz

Fundación Instituto de Empresa, S.L.

Date Written: September 2, 2006

Abstract

Our study examines to what extent female and male entrepreneurs differ in the way they perceive and assess entrepreneurial success, measured by extrinsic or intrinsic dimensions. Our results indicate a number of similarities between men and women entrepreneurs but also reveal interesting gender-based differences related to family status. Rather than assuming that women entrepreneurs are a homogeneous group, we found that family factors, and especially parental status, play a key role in shaping fundamentally different perceptions of entrepreneurial success amongst different types of women entrepreneurs. In particular, women entrepreneurs with dependent children placed more emphasis on independence as a measure of success than other types of entrepreneurs.

Keywords: Gender, Entrepreneurs, Perception of success, Children

Suggested Citation

Justo, Rachida and de Castro, Julio O. and Coduras, Alicia and Cruz, Cristina, Entrepreneurs' Perceptions of Success: Examining Differences Across Gender and Family Status (September 2, 2006). Instituto de Empresa Business School, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1019259 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1019259

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Alicia Coduras

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Cristina Cruz

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