Title: Framework for female entrepreneurship in China

Authors: Shengliang Deng, Xu Wang, Ilan Alon

Addresses: Faculty of Business, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON L2S 3A1, Canada; School of Economics and Management, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China. ' School of Management, Jilin University, No. 5988 Ren-Min Street, Changchun, Jilin 130025, China. ' Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave – 2723, Winter Park, Florida 32789, USA

Abstract: Entrepreneurial activity by women in the China has become more active in recent years with much greater attention being paid within and outside of China. Academic research has sought to describe current conditions and future trends; however, there has been little systematic research done in this area. The aim of this paper is to provide a clear picture of the general background and characteristics of Chinese female entrepreneurship based on Eastern cultural features. In addition, an entrepreneurial conceptual model about mainland Chinese women|s entrepreneurial activity is presented and a case study is used for illustration.

Keywords: business; emerging markets; female entrepreneurs; women entrepreneurship; Chinese institutions; push-pull factors; China; institutional environment; internal characteristics; entrepreneurial activity; culture; conceptual modelling.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBEM.2011.037682

International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets, 2011 Vol.3 No.1, pp.3 - 20

Available online: 25 Dec 2010 *

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