Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Practices and Enterprise Longevity: An Integrative Literature Review

41 Pages Posted: 15 Apr 2019

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Debra Lynn Howard

Walden University

Daphne Halkias

ISM International School of Management

Hannah Dean

University of Leeds - Leeds University Business School (LUBS)

Date Written: March 19, 2019

Abstract

Women entrepreneurs are emerging as important players in the national economy, yet gender bias and stereotypes that still exist in organizations prevent firms from taking advantage of their leadership potential. At the same time, traditional leadership models are lacking in diversity, and unanswered questions remain regarding the role of gender in entrepreneurial leadership and enterprise sustainability. This integrative literature review comprised part of a broader qualitative study offering insight into the leadership practices of women entrepreneurial leaders and the implications of these practices for enterprise longevity 5 years after start-up. This overview of the extant research offers a targeted knowledge base that can be used to support further research and help advance the potential of women leaders. Addressing inequities in professional settings and formal work structures, along with promoting more diversity in the workplace, promises socioeconomic benefits for individual workers, small businesses and large organizations.

Keywords: Women entrepreneurs; leadership; enterprise longevity; gender bias

Suggested Citation

Howard, Debra Lynn and Halkias, Daphne and Dean, Hannah, Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Practices and Enterprise Longevity: An Integrative Literature Review (March 19, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3355595 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3355595

Debra Lynn Howard

Walden University ( email )

100 Washington Ave S #900
Minneapolis, MN 55401
United States

Daphne Halkias (Contact Author)

ISM International School of Management ( email )

17, boulevard Raspail
Paris, 75007
France

Hannah Dean

University of Leeds - Leeds University Business School (LUBS) ( email )

Leeds LS2 9JT
United Kingdom

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