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Understanding Employment to Entrepreneurship Transitions among Women Working in the Tech Industry
by Xiao, Elizabeth A., M.S., Pepperdine University, 2017, 102; 10265799
Abstract (Summary)

This study explored experiences of women who left tech companies and started their own businesses or became self-employed. The study identified trends in their experiences working for tech companies, factors influencing the decision to leave, and factors influencing the decision to pursue entrepreneurship or self-employment. Fifteen women were interviewed. Working for tech companies, women enjoyed opportunities to advance but experienced limitations to that advancement. They liked their co-workers and felt proud of the work being done, but were impacted by poor leadership, being one of few women, and not having potential recognized. Women quit for primarily individual reasons. Organization dysfunction, unfair events, and the presence of better alternatives impacted the decision as well. Women chose entrepreneurship for primarily personal reasons including entrepreneurial drive and a desire for autonomy. Financial security was found to be an influence for many women in the decision to take the risk of pursuing their venture.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chesley, Julie
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Organizational Development
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Entrepreneurship, Womens studies, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Female entrepreneurship, Female turnover, Tech industry
Publication Number: 10265799
ISBN: 978-0-355-09477-0
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