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Title: Characteristics of small and medium enterprises in the United Kingdom :a comparative analysis by gender
Author: Mukhtar, Syeda-Masooda
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 1998
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The aim of this research is to identify differences, if any, between the characteristics of male and female businesses and to establish whether female businesses constitute a distinct entrepreneurial group. The sample data are derived form a national survey of nearly 6000 Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the UK. Given that existing research tends to focus, in the main, on the pre-start up and start-up differences, this study aims to identify gender-based differences between male and female owned/managed businesses in their post-formation stage. Analysis of mixed gender businesses is also carried out with a view to investigating which of the characteristics, male or female, are predominant among these businesses. Mixed businesses thus act as proxy control variables. In light of its findings, the study concludes by considering implications for theory and policy. Given that established male and female owned/managed businesses do exhibit sufficiently different characteristics, a case is made for what is termed 'Gender-Based Entrepreneuralism'. It is argued that Gender-Based Entrepreneuralism should be acknowledged and considered by policy makers and policy deliverers within the SME sector. Female owned/managed businesses may require differentiated policies beyond the pre-start-up and start-up stages for developing business competencies and to nurture their growth and development.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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