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Self-perceived Performance of Female-owned Firms and Male-owned Firms: Insights from Black and Mexican-American Entrepreneurs

Go-to-Market Strategies for Women Entrepreneurs

ISBN: 978-1-78973-290-0, eISBN: 978-1-78973-289-4

Publication date: 6 September 2019

Abstract

This chapter reports the results of an empirical study on the “gender–performance gap,” the alleged difference in business performance between firms started or owned by females and males. Although numerous studies have compared the business performance of firms started by or owned by female and male entrepreneurs, most research to date has employed financial performance metrics and has often produced inconsistent results. The present research compared gender-based business performance by examining self-perceptions of a large sample of female and male Black and Mexican-American entrepreneurs. As such, the present study overcame several limitations of prior gender–performance gap research and addressed entrepreneurial groups seldom studied. While there were no perceptual differences between female and male entrepreneurs surveyed regarding the performance of their respective businesses, Mexican-American entrepreneurs surveyed perceived the performance of their business as being better than Black entrepreneurs surveyed, and this result held for both females and males. Findings from the study provide insights into the perceptions held by Black and Mexican-American female and male entrepreneurs and provide a context for further race and gender studies.

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Peterson, R.A. and Altounian, D. (2019), "Self-perceived Performance of Female-owned Firms and Male-owned Firms: Insights from Black and Mexican-American Entrepreneurs", Crittenden, V.L. (Ed.) Go-to-Market Strategies for Women Entrepreneurs, Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 95-105. https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-78973-289-420191014

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