Reflections from Gender & Enterprise track chair, Dr Janice Byrne
From young PhDs to mid career researchers and well established scholars, track attendees benefited from lively debates on many salient issues.
Reflecting the current epistemological and ontological shifts in gender and entrepreneurship research, the papers in this year’s conference certainly pushed thought boundaries, showing how gender and entrepreneurship is about more than ‘what or how women entrepreneurs are doing’.
Participants presented new findings on on-going issues or took a critical stance on extant thinking, unpicking ‘stock’ ideas. Work-life balance; family embeddness; mumpreneurs and motherhood; immigrant and older entrepreneurs; neo-liberalism and policy efforts; training and support; growth and performance; masculinities, identity and role models are just some of the varied themes that we delved into.
A big thank you to all participants who attended the track this year – it is your passion and commitment which makes this track such a vibrant and challenging thought space!