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Negotiating family and business demands within a patriarchal society – The case of women entrepreneurs in the Nepali context

Negotiating family and business demands within a patriarchal society – The case of women entrepreneurs in the Nepali context

Xeneti, Mirela, Thapa-Kharki, Shova and Madden, Adrian ORCID: 0000-0002-3193-5808 (2017) Negotiating family and business demands within a patriarchal society – The case of women entrepreneurs in the Nepali context. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development. ISSN 0898-5626 (Print), 1464-5114 (Online) (In Press)

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to advance our understanding of how women negotiate their family and business demands in a developing country context. The highest cited motivation for women’s pursuit of entrepreneurship has been their need to attend to these demands. Yet, empirically we know little about the negotiative actions taken by, and the business satisfaction of women in the context of patriarchal family systems, despite several scholarly calls for contextualised accounts of women’s entrepreneurship. We explore these issues by employing a qualitative study of 90 women engaged in primarily informal entrepreneurial activities in three Nepalese regions. Our findings highlight three main and interrelated themes – negotiating consent, family resource access and gaining value. These themes allow us to contextualise the process of negotiating family and business demands by highlighting how women legitimize their business activities, respond to family/societal expectations and mobilise support for, and find satisfaction in their business. Overall, our study contributes towards accounts of business-family interface that incorporate the everyday practices of entrepreneurial activities amongst those less privileged in terms of resource access in particular socio-cultural contexts.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Informal entrepreneurship, Developing context, Gender, Nepal, Business-family interface
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour
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Last Modified: 02 Aug 2018 16:02
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: GREAT c
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/17966

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