Failure or voluntary exit? Reassessing the female underperformance hypothesis

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract We reevaluate the female underperformance hypothesis by challenging the assumption that female-owned ventures are more likely to fail. Instead of equating exit with failure, we draw on exit literature and feminist theories to argue that female entrepreneurs are actually more likely than males to exit voluntarily. We argue for further gender differences by using an even more fine-grained conceptualization of entrepreneurial exit (failure, exit for personal reasons, and exit for other professional/financial opportunities). Post-hoc analyses also point to within-gender heterogeneity depending on family status. A sample probe of 219 Spanish entrepreneurs who had exited their business supports our overall reasoning.
Authors Justo, Rachida; DeTienne, Dawn & Sieger, Philipp
Journal or Publication Title Journal of Business Venturing
Language English
Keywords Entrepreneurial exit; Gender; Feminist theories; Family context
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date November 2015
Publisher Elsevier Science Publ.
Place of Publication New York, NY
Volume 30
Number 6
Page Range 775-792
Number of Pages 49
ISSN 0883-9026
ISSN-Digital 1873-2003
Publisher DOI
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Philipp Sieger
Date Deposited 28 Apr 2015 08:54
Last Modified 20 Jul 2022 17:24


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Justo, Rachida; DeTienne, Dawn & Sieger, Philipp (2015) Failure or voluntary exit? Reassessing the female underperformance hypothesis. Journal of Business Venturing, 30 (6). 775-792. ISSN 0883-9026

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