Alternative Work Arrangements? Gendered Inclusion in the Field of Entrepreneurship

Event Date: 27 March 2018

MBA Suite, Sibson Building
Kent Business School,
Canterbury Campus,
CT2 7PE.

Middlesex University Business School, Middlesex University presents:

Gendered Inclusion in Contemporary Organisations

Seminar 5 – Alternative Work Arrangements? Gendered Inclusion in the Field of Entrepreneurship

To advance debates concerned with gender inequality in contemporary organizations, this seminar series argues for a shift in how we theorise and understand the persistence and experience of ongoing discrimination. Specifically, the series calls for a move away from explanations based on an assumption of exclusion (underpinned materially and symbolically by a masculine norm) towards a focus on critically scrutinising the way in which women and men are included in organizations today.

Seminar 5 will explore the extent and depth of women’s inclusion in the field of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship has been presented as the “solution” to a range of “women’s work issues” – need to secure a flexible work-life balance, want to escape from the gendered culture of large organizations, prefer to lead in a way which feels authentic to you – then set up your own business. Additionally, women are valorised as a source of untapped entrepreneurial potential with men being twice as likely to start their own business – 10.4 per cent of men compared to 5.5 per cent of women in the UK. Much policy attention has been directed at the “problem” of women’s under representation in the ranks of entrepreneurs with a notable focus on the “fixing” of women who are seen as lacking confidence, more risk averse and likely to have an underperforming business. This seminar will consider the experience of entrepreneurship for women business owners through a critical exploration of the conditions of their inclusion in this economic activity. Moving away from a focus on the individual female entrepreneur, attention will be directed at the persistence of cultural and systemic biases which women are subject to when engaging in entrepreneurship.

Speakers include:

Professor Helene Ahl, Jönköping University, Sweden
Professor Susan Marlow, Nottingham University, UK
Professor Julia Rouse, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Dr Caroline Essers, Radboud University, The Netherlands
Ms Sue Nelson, Business Woman of the Year 2017, Kent Women in Business Awards (podcast not available)

Programme:

Dr Caroline Essers (Radboud University, The Netherlands) – Female Entrepreneurship viewed from a Critical Entrepreneurship Studies Perspective: Using a Postfeminist Approach

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Professor Susan Marlow (Nottingham University, UK) – Preaching Entrepreneurship to Women: False Promises or Golden Futures?

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Professor Helene Ahl (Jönköping University, Sweden) –  How Postfeminist Entrepreneurship Policy Reproduces Women’s Subordination: Employing Nancy Fraser’s Concepts of Recognition and Redistribution in a Longitudinal Analysis of Swedish Policy for Women’s Entrepreneurship

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Professor Julia Rouse (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK) – Entrepreneur Pregnancy and Maternity: Policy Failure, Individualised Risks & Self-Exploitation Practices

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