Entrepreneurship, leadership, and the value of feminist approaches to understanding them

Laura Galloway*, Isla Kapasi, Katherine Sang

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    Entrepreneurship research principally focuses on business growth. This focus valorizes the masculine and marginalizes other interpretations. Consequently, entrepreneurship is restricted to a phenomenon that is rare in the diverse business world. The leadership literature proposes that entrepreneurship may not be as masculine as we assume anyway. Our understanding of entrepreneurship needs development at the conceptual level. We argue that performativity, as described in feminist theory, can contribute to how we interpret entrepreneurship and that this might inform both the entrepreneurship and leadership literatures to afford us better understanding of what we might mean by entrepreneurial leadership.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)683-692
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Small Business Management
    Issue number3
    Early online date17 Apr 2015
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Management of Technology and Innovation
    • Strategy and Management
    • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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