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The impact of Gender on Entrepreneurial Aspiration: A Study in Africa Biftu Mohammed, Niu Xiongying & Dagmawe Tenaw

The impact of Gender on Entrepreneurial Aspiration: A Study in Africa

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Biftu Mohammed,  Niu Xiongying & Dagmawe Tenaw

Abstract

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This paper aims to identify the impacts of Gender on Entrepreneurial Aspiration (growth expectation, innovation, internationalization and industry preference) in Africa. We use data from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor survey (GEM) which cover at least 2,000 individuals per year which comprises about 55 countries. After eliminating observations that are inconsistent or have critical missing values, we use a sample of 769 individuals. Generalized structural equation modeling was used to analyze the data. The finding of this study indicates that gender has a negative impact on entrepreneurial aspiration. Accordingly, women are less likely than men to have growth expectation for their firms. Similarly, women are less fortunate enough than men to internationalize their product or service. With regard to entrepreneur’s innovativeness it is measured in three different ways. As a result, the variance in measurement necessitated to have different results. Consequently, from competitors’ as well as technological perspectives women are less likely than men to have Innovation for their firm. While from potential customer’s consideration regarding their products’ or services’ newness or unfamiliar, the finding shows the opposite result. On the other hand, in terms of entrepreneurial industry preference, the study founds the opposite result that indicates entrepreneur’s industry preference will not differ by gender. Future studies should focuses on comparative analysis to compare with other emerging countries to examine the impact of gender on entrepreneurial aspiration and how they overcome the challenges that might faces. The finding of this study has implications for researcher and policymakers. This research will be contributed to the entrepreneurship literature by incorporating the impact of gender on entrepreneurial aspiration in Africa.

 Keywords: Gender, Africa, Entrepreneurial aspiration, Social role theory, innovation, growth expectation, internationalization, industry preference.

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Title: The impact of Gender on Entrepreneurial Aspiration: A Study in Africa
Author: Biftu Mohammed,  Niu Xiongying & Dagmawe Tenaw
Journal Name: International Journal of Science and Business
Website: ijsab.com
ISSN: ISSN 2520-4750 (Online), ISSN 2521-3040 (Print)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4641765
Media: Online & Print
Volume: 5
Issue: 7
Acceptance Date: 26/03/2021
Date of Publication: 27/03/2021
PDF URL: https://ijsab.com/wp-content/uploads/761.pdf
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Page: 1-20
First Page: 1
Last Page: 20
Paper Type: Research Paper
Current Status: Published

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Biftu Mohammed,  Niu Xiongying & Dagmawe Tenaw (2021). The impact of Gender on Entrepreneurial Aspiration: A Study in Africa. International Journal of Science and Business, 5(7), 1-20. doi: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4641765

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About Author (s)

Biftu Mohammed, (corresponding author), Business school, University of International Business and Economics, Chaoyang District, Beijing, P.R. China 100029. Email: biftu_moh15@yahoo.com

Professor Niu Xiongying, Business school, University of International Business and Economics, Chaoyang District, Beijing, P.R. China 100029. Email: niuxy@uibe.edu.cn

Dagmawe Tenaw, Economics Department, Dire Dawa University, Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, Email: dagmawe.tenaw@ddu.edu.et

 

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4641765