Women entrepreneurs' work-family management strategies: A structuration theory study

April J. Spivack*, Ashay Desai

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This research examines how women entrepreneurs are creating and recreating the gender structures that both restrict and enable methods for managing work and family demands. Specifically, we identify how entrepreneurial women have designed their businesses and structured their daily lives to mitigate work-family conflict. We develop a theoretical model identifying sites of tension for women as they navigate the work and family domains via a grounded theory approach. We offer implications for how gender, structuration, social cognitive, and border theories may be extended to understand entrepreneurial women's experiences.

Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business
Issue number2-3
Pages (from-to)169-192
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • Agency
  • Entrepreneur
  • Gender
  • Structuration
  • Work-family


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