Entrepreneurship

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A excerpt from: Teresa Nelson and Susan Duffy (2010). Men, Women, Sex and Gender in Entrepreneurship Education, in A. Fayolle (ed.), Handbook of Entrepreneurship Education, Vol. 4, Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, UK.

Entrepreneurship Education for Women (and Men)

If teaching is based on good research, synthesis and a point of view, then as regards to women and entrepreneurship education, we suggest consideration of the following:

  1. Women and men should be taught the same knowledge and skills of entrepreneurship.
  2. Women and men should be informed about the gendered landscape and its norms of masculinity and femininity, and associated implications.
  3. Careful analysis should be conducted to determine how gendered institutions influence women in regard to their preparation for and activities of entrepreneurship, including business schools and other learning environments.
  4. The findings of research on differences between the decisions, behavior and outcomes of men and women entrepreneurs and their businesses should be thoughtfully considered and presented in a fashion cognizant of the tendency to impose stereotypical views.
  5. New research to expose women's experience of the gendered landscape should be undertaken.
  6. Women, in particular, should be informed and helped to strategize how to negotiate the gendered landscape they will encounter as entrepreneurs, given their institutionalized position in the world of work.

For researchers interested in entrepreneurship pedagogy, this requires turning an open mind and thoughtful eye to the way issues of women's entrepreneurship are presented, discussed and engaged. It also calls forth a new research agenda on women's experience of entrepreneurship. It is to these topics that the remainder of this discussion is directed.