Women’s entrepreneurship from an institutional perspective: the case of Uzbekistan


DOI: 10.1007/s11365-008-0087-y

Cite this article as:
Welter, F. & Smallbone, D. Int Entrep Manage J (2008) 4: 505. doi:10.1007/s11365-008-0087-y


This paper aims to make a contribution to our conceptual understanding of women entrepreneurship under ‘early stage’ transition conditions, by researching the nature of it in Uzbekistan. Institutional theory is used as a guiding frame of reference because the specific characteristics of the external environment under transition conditions make the latter a particularly strong influence on entrepreneurship. Empirically, the paper draws on data which was collected in Uzbekistan, within a collaborative research project (INTAS 00-843). The empirical material demonstrates that informal institutions dominating Uzbek society contribute to the prevailing forms of female entrepreneurship.


Institutional theory Women’s entrepreneurship Uzbekistan Transition 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.SME Management and EntrepreneurshipSchool of Economic DisciplinesSiegenGermany
  2. 2.TeliaSonera Institute, SSE RigaRigaLatvia
  3. 3.Entrepreneurship and Small BusinessKingston University Business SchoolKingston-upon-ThamesUK

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