Coaching for Women Entrepreneurs

Coaching for Women Entrepreneurs

New Horizons in Management series

Carianne M. Hunt and Sandra L. Fielden

This is the first book to present a comprehensive understanding of the role of coaching in developing women entrepreneurs. It provides a theoretical background and explores the distinctive challenges facing this group before discussing the implementation and outcomes from a coaching programme in an entrepreneurial setting. Finally, the book concludes with strategies for future research and progress.

Chapter 2: Internal influences on women entrepreneurs

Carianne M. Hunt and Sandra L. Fielden

Subjects: business and management, business leadership, entrepreneurship, gender and management, organisational behaviour, social policy and sociology, family and gender policy


Research has shown that women tend to have lower entrepreneurial self-efficacy and lower entrepreneurial intentions than their male counterparts. Chapter 2 illustrates the characteristics of female entrepreneurs and discusses the gendered nature of entrepreneurship and the importance of designing support that is tailored to the needs of female entrepreneurs. The chapter focuses on the internal influences on women entrepreneurs, the importance of entrepreneurial learning and the role of entrepreneurial self-efficacy. Research suggests that exploring methods to develop women entrepreneurs’ self-efficacy and confidence, particularly in relation to entrepreneurial learning and development, is a key addition to the literature.

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