Abstract

A wide variety of research has examined performance differences between women and men entrepreneurs. While many studies find significant differences between men and women in regards to economic outcomes, explanations for these differences vary widely. This is problematic, as we believe that the real reason for differences stems from the entrepreneurial outcomes emphasized by women versus men entrepreneurs. Women utilize and emphasize relationships with others differently during the entrepreneurial process in an effort to realize desired outcomes. As a result, the assumption that men and women want the same outcomes (i.e. economic outcomes) from venturing may be misguided. This paper examines and finds that male and female entrepreneurs differ in regards to several relationship oriented, non-economic entrepreneurial outcomes, while showing no differences in regards to traditional economic outcomes.

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