Abstract

Prior research has shown that entrepreneurship is strongly affected by the cardinal environmental dimensions encompassing munificence, dynamism, and complexity (Dess & Beard, 1984; Sharfman & Dean, 1991; Mitchell et al., 2011). Resource availability, in particular, may affect the rate of new venture creation (Pfeffer & Salancik, 1978; Baker & Nelson, 2005; Edelman & Yli-Renko, 2010). Such resource availability due to environmental munificence, dynamism and complexity may explain the diversity of socio-entrepreneurial ventures, and their direction and strategies. Our focus was on the situation of women in different institutional environments and the effect of environmental munificence, dynamism and complexity on strategies of new social entrepreneurial ventures (SEVs) pursuing women’s advancement and enfranchisement as key objectives.

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