Female Entrepreneurship and International Organizations

Entrepreneurship and the Sustainable Development Goals

ISBN: 978-1-78756-376-6, eISBN: 978-1-78756-375-9

ISSN: 2040-7246

Publication date: 8 October 2018


This chapter examines the impact of national membership in international organizations on female entrepreneurship. Drawing on the institution-based view from global strategy and civil society theory from international relations, we show how international organizations can promote entrepreneurship opportunities for women with respect to the United Nations’ sustainable development goals (SDGs). This research has both practical and social implications. From a practical perspective, it provides important insights for policy makers and entrepreneurs. Policy makers can use the findings to understand how the international organizations that countries join affect entrepreneurship, particularly the United Nation’s SDGs Entrepreneurs can also use the findings to advocate mutually beneficial conditions for host environments, particularly those dedicated to female empowerment. A sample of 44 countries, 5 years of data, and 130 country-year observations finds robust support for our assertions.



Dau, L.A., Moore, E.M. and Abrahms, M. (2018), "Female Entrepreneurship and International Organizations", Entrepreneurship and the Sustainable Development Goals (Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research, Vol. 8), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 165-183. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2040-724620180000008015

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