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Women Entrepreneurs in Local Community Networks: Participation, Challenges and Place Development
Högskolan Väst, Institutionen för ekonomi och it, Avd för medier och design. (LINA)ORCID-id: 0000-0002-2118-2152
Högskolan Väst, Institutionen för ekonomi och it, Avd för företagsekonomi. (LINA)ORCID-id: 0000-0002-1991-4588
2017 (Engelska)Ingår i: Uddevalla Symposium 2017: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Industrial Dynamics in Internationalized Regional Economies: Revised papers first presented at the 20th Uddevalla Symposium 15-17 June, 2017, Trollhättan, Sweden / [ed] Iréne Bernhard, Trollhättan: University West , 2017, s. 129-147Konferensbidrag, Publicerat paper (Refereegranskat)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to explore women entrepreneurs' participation in local community networks with focus on place development. In recent years interest in the importance of female entrepreneurship worldwide has increased, especially from the viewpoint of local and regional development. Previous studies show that local competitors coordinated in networks can boost the attractiveness of a place and achieve network synergies. This study is a continuation of an earlier study of Swedish municipal business counsellors' support to female entrepreneurs in tourism where findings show that there was a lack of support for women as entrepreneurs. Using a qualitative method approach with semi-structured in-depth interviews and document studies, this study explores women entrepreneurs' participation and collaboration in local community networks, challenges and local support with particular reference to a Swedish context. The study is based on interviews with 11 women entrepreneurs who were selected from three municipalities in Sweden. All respondents are active in the tourism sector and participate in local community networks. Results indicate that cross-sector networks, preferably strong networks that may have an impact on local community development, are important, especially from the perspective of a small entrepreneur. Smaller informal groups of other local entrepreneurs are also vital for inspiration and renewal processes. Furthermore, findings indicate that participating in collaboration in networks (face-to-face and digital), smaller groups or co-ownership is seen as means to develop the business as well as contributing to boost the attractiveness of a place. Challenges faced by women entrepreneurs are mainly related to the role as entrepreneur and running a business in a smaller city. However, some specific gendered challenges are lack of trust or respect from other actors, especially in contact with authorities and the dual roles in combining entrepreneurship and family. Respondents have mixed experiences of local community support. However, several women entrepreneurs stress the importance of local support, stating the importance of family and friends.

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Trollhättan: University West , 2017. s. 129-147
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Rapport Högskolan Väst, ISSN 2002-6188, E-ISSN 2002-6196 ; 2017:1
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Women entrepreneurs, local community, network, gender, innovation, tourism, place development
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Företagsekonomi
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Arbetsintegrerat lärande; SAMHÄLLSVETENSKAP, Ekonomisk geografi; SAMHÄLLSVETENSKAP, Företagsekonomi
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-11847ISBN: 978-91-87531-61-3 (tryckt)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-11847DiVA, id: diva2:1161319
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Uddevalla Symposium 2017: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Industrial Dynamics in Internationalized Regional Economies, 20th Uddevalla Symposium 15-17 June, 2017, Trollhättan, Sweden
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Urban Platsinnovation
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Interreg Sverige-NorgeTillgänglig från: 2017-11-29 Skapad: 2017-11-29 Senast uppdaterad: 2018-11-05Bibliografiskt granskad

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