Title

The self-employed woman owner and her business: An Australian profile

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Law

School

School of Management

RAS ID

5137

Comments

This article was originally published as: Still, L., & Walker, E. A. (2006). The self-employed woman owner and her business: An Australian profile. Women in Management Review, 21(4), 294-310. Original article available here

Abstract

Purpose – To conduct the first national study in Australia of women in small- to medium-sized enterprises, and to develop a profile of the self-employed woman and her business to serve as a benchmark for follow-up research. Design/methodology/approach – Comprised a self-administered questionnaire which dealt with a broad range of issues concerning the start-up and operational aspects of a small to medium-sized business. The women participants were self-selected and were obtained through mail-outs to business and professional networks, and a nation-wide advertising campaign. Three focus groups were also held to provide more background on some of the findings from the survey. Findings – The study found a consistency in the characteristics of the women and their businesses, similar to those found at the localised level. A benchmark profile of both the Australian small business woman operator and her business was established. Originality/value – Is the first national Australian study, and provides a benchmark for later studies in the same area.

DOI

10.1108/09649420610666597

 
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Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1108/09649420610666597