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Strengthening the contribution of scholarship to equity in practice for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship

Teresa Nelson (Business School, Simmons University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA)

International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship

ISSN: 1756-6266

Article publication date: 31 January 2020

Issue publication date: 23 March 2020

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to discuss the ways to strengthen the contribution of scholarship to gender equity in practice for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. Research that spotlights gender construction and enactment, including its origins and its discriminatory effects on people, is inherently social action to the degree that it motivates institutional change. For this 10th year recognition of the founding of the International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, the four waves of feminism framework is used to consider our conceptual domain and select practitioners in the gender × entrepreneurship field are interviewed for input on-field needs. Findings are that academics can boost equity in practice by doing original research and promoting research that is more representative, sharing specialized scholarship skills in activist arenas, making the results of academic research available to practitioners and policymakers, and reviewing and validating (or discrediting) information circulating in public spheres.

Design/methodology/approach

This reflective essay is designed to consider the relevance of scholarship in gender and entrepreneurship to practitioners who participate in the entrepreneurship ecosystem. The concept of the temporal waves of feminism, plus interviews with international practitioners, are used to inform the issues.

Findings

Findings are that academics can boost equity in practice by doing original research and promoting research that is more representative, sharing specialized scholarship skills in activist arenas, making the results of academic research available to practitioners and policymakers, and reviewing and validating (or discrediting) information circulating in public spheres.

Originality/value

Scholars of gender and entrepreneurship can look for and create access and meaning for their work with and for practitioners. Bridges to scholarship on gender (e.g. in psychology, anthropology, gender studies, social psychology) can be built to stay current and effective.

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Acknowledgements

Thanks to Colette Henry for including me in this special project. And to the women, I interviewed – extraordinary leaders all – who truly help carry the flag for inclusive entrepreneurship in a very spirited, intelligent and productive way.

Citation

Nelson, T. (2019), "Strengthening the contribution of scholarship to equity in practice for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship", International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, Vol. 12 No. 1, pp. 103-115. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJGE-06-2019-0110

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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