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Growth barriers of women-owned home-based businesses in Iran: an exploratory study

Meisam Modarresi (Faculty of Entrepreneurship, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran)
Zahra Arasti (Faculty of Entrepreneurship, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran)
Kambiz Talebi (Faculty of Entrepreneurship, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran)
Maghsoud Farasatkhah (Department of Planning in Higher Education, Institute for Research and Planning in Higher Education, Tehran, Iran)

Gender in Management

ISSN: 1754-2413

Article publication date: 5 June 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to identify the growth barriers of women’s home-based businesses (HBBs) in Iran.

Design/methodology/approach

The qualitative approach was used by 22 in-depth interviews with Iranian female HBBs owners/mangers.

Findings

Business growth barriers of women were categorized in a multi-level framework of individual barriers (micro), business-related barriers (medium) and environmental barriers (macro). The most important micro-level barrier is lack of skills and experience, while the financial barriers identified as the most business-related one and, finally, the problems of having work interactions with men is the most important environmental barrier women-owned HBBs mentioned.

Research limitations/implications

The results of this paper can help policy-makers better understand growth barriers for women-owned HBB and attenuate these barriers by developing purposeful supportive growth policies that are commensurate with the barriers. Also, HBB women owners themselves could better concentrate on removing barriers by deepening their understanding of their business growth barriers.

Originality/value

The paper contributes to the scarce knowledge about women-owned HBBs in Iran, a rapidly growing, developing country, which can provide better insights from a less explored context. Moreover, as there is only a limited understanding of HBB growth, especially in relation to women business owners, the paper results can prove helpful for researchers in the domain of female entrepreneurs.

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Citation

Modarresi, M., Arasti, Z., Talebi, K. and Farasatkhah, M. (2017), "Growth barriers of women-owned home-based businesses in Iran: an exploratory study", Gender in Management, Vol. 32 No. 4, pp. 244-267. https://doi.org/10.1108/GM-03-2016-0069

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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