Entrepreneurial Competencies of Women Entrepreneurs of Micro and Small Enterprises
Science Journal of Education
Volume 5, Issue 6, December 2017, Pages: 252-261
Received: Oct. 20, 2017; Accepted: Nov. 2, 2017; Published: Dec. 20, 2017
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Käthe Schneider, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena, Jena, Germany
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Entrepreneurial competencies are critical for entrepreneurial success. Despite a growing body of literature in the field of entrepreneurial competencies, there is still considerable uncertainty concerning entrepreneurial competencies of female entrepreneurs. The objective of the study is therefore to empirically analyze the entrepreneurial competencies of female entrepreneurs. Based on a study of 306 women entrepreneurs of Micro and Small Enterprises (200 women entrepreneurs from Germany and 106 women entrepreneurs from Ireland), this analysis finds that entrepreneurial competencies as a higher order latent construct have a major impact on entrepreneurial success. Entrepreneurial competencies of women entrepreneurs in Germany and Ireland can be operationalized by a set of six first-order factors, including functional task related managerial skills, entrepreneurial characteristic adaptations of self-efficacy and orientations of competition, risk-taking and innovation, and the founder and innovator identity. The theoretical construct of entrepreneurial performance, which consists of the dimensions of economic, individual and societal performance, is expanded with the dimensions of performance quality, customer satisfaction and productivity. The practical implication of the study is that not only task related skills, but also distal personality related characteristic adaptations and identity should be developed in entrepreneurial learning programs targeted at women entrepreneurs who start small businesses. Future studies need to isolate the influence of context from the identified competencies.
Women’s Entrepreneurship, Female Entrepreneurship, Women Entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurial Competencies, Entrepreneurial Performance
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Käthe Schneider, Entrepreneurial Competencies of Women Entrepreneurs of Micro and Small Enterprises, Science Journal of Education. Vol. 5, No. 6, 2017, pp. 252-261. doi: 10.11648/j.sjedu.20170506.14
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