Following ISBE 2017: Gender and Enterprise


Reflections from Gender & Enterprise track chair, Dr Janice Byrne

The GENDER track at ISBE continued its tradition of a vibrant, challenging and populated track this year with a myriad of thought provoking, novel and pertinent research papers.


From young PhDs to mid career researchers and well established scholars, track attendees benefited from lively debates on many salient issues.



The inaugural GEN webinar took ISBE 2017 to a further 165 online delegates


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.


Celia Netana wins best track paper for her paper Pride or Process: Exploring women microbusiness owners’ attitudes to financing their own business


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!






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