Title: Women entrepreneurs in the Republic of Macedonia: waiting for directions

Authors: Veland Ramadani; Shqipe Gërguri; Léo-Paul Dana; Tatjana Tašaminova

Addresses: Faculty of Business and Economics, South-East European University, 1200 Tetovo, Republic of Macedonia ' Faculty of Business and Economics, South-East European University, 1200 Tetovo, Republic of Macedonia ' GSCM Montpellier Business School, 2300 Avenue des Moulins, Montpellier, France ' Faculty of Business and Economics, South-East European University, 1200 Tetovo, Republic of Macedonia

Abstract: This paper is about women entrepreneurs in Macedonia, conditions for female entrepreneurship, perspectives for development and an array of problems that women entrepreneurs are facing. In order to gain a better picture of current motives, problems and perspectives of Macedonian women in entrepreneurship, a survey was conducted during the period of December 2011-March 2012, to complement secondary sources. Respondents were asked about motives for starting a business, the size of the business they run, revenues, their family status, management problems, and necessary capabilities as perceived by them. We used Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) reports to compare the indicators of entrepreneurial activity between Republic of Macedonia and other countries in the region.

Keywords: management capabilities; entrepreneurship; women entrepreneurs; motivation; management problems; Eastern Europe; Balkans; Macedonia; female entrepreneurs; firm size; firm revenues; family status; Global Entrepreneurship Monitor; GEM; entrepreneurial activity.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2013.054330

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2013 Vol.19 No.1, pp.95 - 121

Available online: 04 Jun 2013

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