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Gender, social networks, and entrepreneurial outcomes in Tanzania
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE).
2009 (English)In: Journal of African Business, ISSN 1522-8916, E-ISSN 1522-9076, Vol. 10, no 1, 67-83 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents results of a study that investigates egocentric network differences between female and male entrepreneurs and their entrepreneurial outcomes in Tanzania. Based on a random sample of 272 micro-, small, and medium-size enterprises, the study reveals that female and male entrepreneurs have diverse networks. However, when compared to their male counterparts, female entrepreneurs’ strong ties included more kin members. No significant gender difference in the composition of weaker ties was observed, suggesting gender differences in the choice of individuals with whom to have strong ties but not with whom to have weak ties. A significant gender difference in entrepreneurial outcomes at both start up and at the time of research was found, suggesting an antecedent networking behavior influence on performance.

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Taylor & Francis Group , 2009. Vol. 10, no 1, 67-83 p.
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entrepreneurship, gender, SMEs, social networks, Tanzania
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-21879DOI: 10.1080/15228910802701387OAI: diva2:212147
Available from: 2009-04-21 Created: 2009-04-21 Last updated: 2012-08-20Bibliographically approved

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