Gendering Entrepreneurial Behaviour

  • Susan MarlowEmail author
  • Samantha Hicks
  • Lorna Treanor


This chapter critically evaluates the influence of gendered ascriptions upon entrepreneurial behaviour. Reflecting trends within the normative critique of gender and entrepreneurship focused upon women, we commence by reviewing the historical progression of the extant literature noting the shift from gender as a variable approach and associated assumptions of female deficit. We note how debate has advanced drawing upon contemporary feminist analyses illustrating the masculinised discourse of entrepreneurship which positions women as ‘other’. We conclude by challenging the contemporary focus upon women as gendered subjects suggesting that debate needs to advance by acknowledging gender as a multiplicity whilst also extending analyses to masculinity and LGBTQ articulations of gender to evaluate how they might shape entrepreneurial behaviours and activities.


Entrepreneurial behaviour Learning process Transgenerational entrepreneurship Family business Entrepreneurial learning 


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  1. 1.University of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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