Growth of Women-Owned Businesses: The Effects of Intangible Resources and Social Competence

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Published by the North American Business Press in the Journal of Business Diversity, volume 12 issue 1, 2012. Bryant users may access this article here.


North American Business Press

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Journal of Business Diversity


Previous research suggests that women entrepreneurs face many challenges in starting and growing a business. In this study, we examine the relationship of intangible resources and the growth of womenowned businesses. We focus on four intangible resources: social-, human-, and reputational capital, as well as social competence. Using case studies of women entrepreneurs, we found that a woman entrepreneur's social-, human-, and reputational capital are related to the growth of her business. We also found that social competence moderates the social-, human-, and reputational capital - growth relationship in women entrepreneurs.