Women own nearly 30% of all businesses nationwide, employing 7.1 million people and generating approximately $940 billion in revenues annually (Census Bureau, 2006). Despite the statistics in participation, there appears to be a disparity in the overall success of female entrepreneurs, when compared to male entrepreneurs (Watson, 2003). The purpose of this qualitative phenomenology study was to explore the lived experiences of 19 successful female entrepreneurs to determine the factors perceived as important in helping achieve entrepreneurial success. Core themes identified as important for success include (a) family support and relationships, (b) relationships as resources and collaboration, (c) interpersonal and listening skills, (d) attention to customers, (e) a different measure of success, and (f) passion.
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 69/11, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Womens studies, Management|
|Keywords:||Entrepreneurial management, Entrepreneurship, Female entrepreneurs, Gender differences, Leadership, Leadership characteristics, Phenomenological study, Women entrepreneurs|
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