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Title: Women's empowerment through entrepreneurship : an examination of theory and practice
Author: Johnstone-Louis, Mary
ISNI:       0000 0004 6421 4665
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2017
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Corporate-led programs aimed at increasing women's entrepreneurship are rapidly proliferating across many industries. The gendered nature of this phenomenon suggests that feminist approaches may bring much to bear on analysis of management theory and practice. In particular, I argue that insights from feminist economics regarding the historically prevalent - but narrow and gendered - definition of work, which artificially separates production from reproduction, provide fruitful tools for theory building and analysis of practice. Through a systematic literature review of the entrepreneurship literature, I demonstrate that the gendered separation of production and reproduction is typically taken as given in mainstream management theory. Findings from two organizational cases, both featuring industry-embedded approaches to women's empowerment, support the conclusion that unpaid/care work and market work are typically framed as forms of activity that are gendered, dichotomous, and existing in ontological conflict with one another in management practice. I present a conceptual framework of what is to be gained by examining management theory and practice in this light, and suggest how scholars and practitioners might use this framework for future work and research.
Supervisor: Scott, Linda ; Nicholls, Alexander Sponsor: ESRC
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Businesswomen ; Entrepreneurship ; Management ; Women--Economic conditions