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Title: Fear, family, mobility, and freedom : a case study of Saudi women entrepreneurs
Author: Alshareef, Sara A.
ISNI:       0000 0004 8500 0025
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2017
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The social production of 'Saudi women' as a particular category makes this study a unique one. This research project enters the world of Saudi women entrepreneurs and explores what they have to consider when operating a business in Saudi Arabia (SA). First of all, this thesis aims to understand women's perception and experience of the social conditions (e.g. gender and women's social networks, the need for family permission, and mobility constraints on women) when operating in the context of a patriarchal society. Second, it explores women's coping strategies with respect to these social conditions. Third, this study considers a sample of Saudi women entrepreneurs operating outside SA to explore how women's preferences are subject to their geographical locations. In other words, studying both local Saudi women entrepreneurs and transnational Saudi women entrepreneurs provides new empirical and comparative findings about the role of context on women entrepreneurs' ability to engage in business-related activities. The current study is exploratory in nature and employs semi-structured interviews with 25 Saudi women entrepreneurs (some with proximity to Saudi social conditions and others at a distance from Saudi social conditions). While drawing on a constructivist-interpretivist philosophical approach, the data is inductively analysed using thematic analysis, individual case analysis and template analysis. The results of this study suggest that contextual factors such as family, mobility and social networks are complex and interact with one another in particular ways. Therefore, the study contributes to new knowledge in understanding how women do business in the context of an extremely patriarchal society.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Women Entrepreneurship ; Saudi Arabia ; GEOGRAPHY ; strength of network ties ; mobility ; Family-work conflict ; Fear ; Capability Approach