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 9: Implications for theory and practice

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


Chapter 9 specifically focuses on the contribution of this research to theoretical debates, the potential economic benefits that an online coaching programme can provide, the transferability of this form of development to other minority groups and settings, and strategies for future research and progress. The chapter illustrates how the findings contribute to learning and theoretical debates by providing an understanding of women entrepreneurs’ needs, specifically focusing on how coaching for women entrepreneurs provides a potential support mechanism which can help to overcome internal and external barriers faced by women starting out in business. It also adds to the literature on self-efficacy, coaching and learning by providing empirical evidence to illustrate how coaching interventions, including the use of online methods, can have a positive impact on entrepreneurial self-efficacy, general entrepreneurial attitudes and locus of control.

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