Struggling with social capital: Pakistani women micro entrepreneurs’ challenges in acquiring resources

Marta Lindvert, Pankaj C. Patel, Joakim Wincent

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Abstract

A crucial aspect of successful venturing is social capital. In contrast to traditional Western-oriented research where social capital is construed positively, we found that in the traditional, patriarchal society of Pakistan, social capital puts high restrictions on women micro entrepreneurs – where social capital prevents or slows venturing efforts. Results also show that although women do get some selective access to resources from family members, they are restricted by limited access to social capital outside of family members. As women entrepreneurs have the potential to play an important role in the development of any society, and especially so in developing countries, based on the insights derived from this qualitative study, we propose suggestions for further research on women micro entrepreneurs in non-Western contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalEntrepreneurship & Regional Development
Volume29
Issue number7-8
Pages (from-to)759-790
ISSN0898-5626
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • 512 Business and Management

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