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Leaving the numbers behind: Qualitative growth, business platforms and motivation of women entrepreneurs
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
2011 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This study is a response to the lack of research on qualitative growth and women’s entrepreneurship. Using a sample of 191 women entrepreneurs, this study suggests that qualitative growth is manifested in a striving to grow, to secure building blocks on different business platforms, may unfold to accomplish growth in different forms: survival, stability, work creation, appreciation and personal development. Although the extrinsic platforms of survival and stability are the most common growth platforms among women entrepreneurs, all forms can be characterized by equally high growth aspirations. Each of the platforms is associated with distinct and unique building blocks that women entrepreneurs try to put together and solve in order to grow their companies. Women entrepreneurs also move between the different platforms, from the growth of extrinsic platforms to intrinsic platforms, when the building blocks of those platforms have been established and secured. Variables such as profits and ownership may explain such a transfer of growth ambitions.

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Entrepreneurship and Innovation
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-27558Local ID: 10dc8893-3141-41ed-9496-75f08871b639OAI: diva2:1000742
ICSB World Conference : 15/06/2011 - 18/06/2011
Godkänd; 2011; 20111213 (ysko)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30Bibliographically approved

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