What’s new in female entrepreneurship research? Answers from the literature

  • Sara Poggesi
  • Michela MariEmail author
  • Luisa De Vita


Female entrepreneurship to date represents a key component of the business sector worldwide as, in 2012 more than 187 million out of 400 million entrepreneurs were women (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2013). In academia the gender factor in entrepreneurship emerged in the late 1970s Schwartz (Journal of Contemporary Business, 5(1), 47–76, 1976) and especially since the beginning of the new millennium a substantial growth in the investigation of this topic has been registered. Thus, the time has come to systematize the academic progress on this issue and to reflect on future research directions in order to gain deeper insights into the female entrepreneurship domain. In this vein, our paper aims to enrich the conversation on female entrepreneurship by reviewing 248 papers published in the last 14 years. In doing so, we identify and analyze the new insights that have emerged in the literature from both a managerial and a sociological perspective, thus responding to the numerous calls for a more interdisciplinary approach to the study of this topic.


Entrepreneurship Female entrepreneurship Women entrepreneurs Review 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EconomicsTor Vergata University of RomeRomeItaly
  2. 2.Faculty of Political Science, Sociology, CommunicationSapienza University of RomeRomeItaly

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