Nascent Entrepreneurs’ Priorities on Growth: The Surprising Similarity of Women and Men

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Management Online Review


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Most extant research shows that female entrepreneurs are less likely to grow large firms and, in fact, don’t want to grow their firms as large as male entrepreneurs do. This study of 191 nascent entrepreneurs finds that neither men nor women entrepreneurs consider firm growth a top priority for their emerging firms. These a priori ideas about growth and firm success are an important contribution to the investigation of gender differences towards entrepreneurial firm growth. Implications of these findings for policy makers and entrepreneurial assistance organizations are explored.