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Women’s business: the flexible alternative workstyle for women

Leonie V. Still (Leonie V. Still is Director, Centre of Women and Business, and a Professorial Fellow in the Graduate School of Management, The University of Western Australia, Nedlands, Australia.)
Wendy Timms (Wendy Timms is Project Officer, Indigenous Studies Programme, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia.)

Women in Management Review

ISSN: 0964-9425

Article publication date: 1 August 2000



Women’s participation in the small business sector is a growing phenomenon worldwide. While considerable research has been conducted into the reasons why women enter small business and their penchant for operating solo operations or micro businesses (up to five employees) less is known about the heterogeneous nature of women in small business and the reasons behind their “failure” to “grow” their businesses. The research reported here concerns a major study into the status of women in small business in Australia. Apart from examining barriers which may prevent women from expanding their businesses the findings address a new paradigm of women in small business. This paradigm captures the multiple trajectories that women follow in their businesses the type of businesses that they operate and their relation to the stages of a woman’s/business life cycle. The findings hold important implications for policy makers who are attempting to devise programmes to assist this growing segment of the small business sector.



Still, L.V. and Timms, W. (2000), "Women’s business: the flexible alternative workstyle for women", Women in Management Review, Vol. 15 No. 5/6, pp. 272-283.




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