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Alternative Work Arrangements? Gendered Inclusion in the Field of Entrepren...

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To advance debates concerned with gender inequality in contemporary organizations, this seminar series calls for a move away from explanations based on an assumption of exclusion (underpinned materially and symbolically by a masculine norm) towards a focus on critically scrutinising the way in which women and men are included in organizations today.

Seminar 5 will explore the extent and depth of women’s inclusion in the field of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship has been presented as the “solution” to a range of “women’s work issues” - need to secure a flexible work-life balance, want to escape from the gendered culture of large organizations, prefer to lead in a way which feels authentic to you – then set up your own business. Additionally, women are valorised as a source of untapped entrepreneurial potential with men being twice as likely to start their own business - 10.4 per cent of men compared to 5.5 per cent of women in the UK. Much policy attention has been directed at the “problem” of women’s under representation in the ranks of entrepreneurs with a notable focus on the “fixing” of women who are seen as lacking confidence, more risk averse and likely to have an underperforming business. This seminar will consider the experience of entrepreneurship for women business owners through a critical exploration of the conditions of their inclusion in this economic activity. Moving away from a focus on the individual female entrepreneur, attention will be directed at the persistence of cultural and systemic biases which women are subject to when engaging in entrepreneurship.

Speakers include:

  • Professor Helene Ahl, Jönköping University, Sweden

  • Professor Susan Marlow, Nottingham University, UK

  • Professor Julia Rouse, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

  • Dr Caroline Essers, Radboud University, The Netherlands

  • Ms Sue Nelson, Business Woman of the Year 2017, Kent Women in Business Awards

Bursaries: To encourage the participation of early career scholars and PhD students, we have a number of TRAVEL BURSARIES. To apply for a bursary please email Dr Maria Adamson m.adamson@mdx.ac.uk providing a brief account of your circumstances and why you are interested in attending the seminar. Bursaries are allocated on the first-come-first-served basis.

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