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Handbook of Research on International Entrepreneurship

Handbook of Research on International Entrepreneurship

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Edited by Léo-Paul Dana

This unique reference book provides an array of diverse perspectives on international entrepreneurship, a new and emerging field of research that blends concepts and methodologies from more traditional social sciences. The Handbook includes chapters written by top researchers of economics and sociology, as well as academic leaders in the fields of entrepreneurship and international business. State-of-the-art contributions provide up-to-date literature reviews, making this book essential for the researcher of entrepreneurship and the internationalisation of entrepreneurs.

Chapter 3: Women in International Entrepreneurship

Nancy J. Adler

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship


Nancy J. Adler* I used to question what executive coaches brought to entrepreneurial clients that the entrepreneurs had not already learned from their own experience.1 I now understand that the answer is perspective – a perspective beyond their own experience or that of their own company or culture. Given my background, I almost always have the opportunity to reframe issues from a broader, global perspective. More frequently, today, I have the opportunity to reframe business realities that have previously been appreciated primarily from a man’s point of view into possibilities as seen from both women’s and men’s perspectives. Part of bringing a broader perspective is offering a context of meaning beyond each entrepreneur’s specific position, company and industry. By quietly asking questions that are beyond the bottom line, coaching dialogues offer opportunities to entrepreneurs to consider more consciously the types of contributions they are making to their company and to choose the kinds of contributions they would like to be making to society. Such questions as these often appear unbusinesslike, and therefore illegitimate, when taken out of the privacy of the coaching dialogue: ● ● ● What does success mean to you? In which ways is your work benefiting society? Why would your children be proudest to tell their children about what you have accomplished? In the public glare of business-as-usual, such questions frequently fail to appear sufficiently pragmatic to warrant an entrepreneur’s time. And yet the conversations, reflection and learning that such questions generate often bring soul,...

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