Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Entrepreneurial success: A phenomenological study of the characteristics of successful female entrepreneurs
by Reaves, Beth B., D.B.A., University of Phoenix, 2008, 146; 3338362
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Turner, Freda
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
Publication Number: 3338362
ISBN: 978-0-549-92634-4
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