Title: Rethinking the mentoring process for women micro-entrepreneurs

Authors: Lorraine Warren

Addresses: Institute for Entrepreneurship, School of Management, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK

Abstract: Women in small/micro-enterprises may benefit from mentoring strategies that reflect evolving learning needs. A model is developed which reframes |classical| understandings of mentoring, to enable women to become more proactive in managing their learning networks. Implications for the design of entrepreneurship development programmes and suggestions for future research are presented.

Keywords: entrepreneurial networks; experiential learning; narrative analysis; women-owned businesses; entrepreneurship; female entrepreneurs; mentoring strategies; micro-entrepreneurs; mentors; small firms; women; learning networks; innovation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2006.009563

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2006 Vol.3 No.4, pp.387 - 402

Published online: 23 Apr 2006 *

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