Abstract

Household and family have a strong influence on entrepreneurial behaviours and practices. Entrepreneurship scholars have, however, largely overlooked the impact of household and family on entrepreneurs’ ability to access resources and pursue opportunities. This study seeks to address this research gap by exploring the perspectives of women entrepreneurs and members of their households. Furthermore, by investigating successfully operating female entrepreneurs, we challenge the gender-biased assumption that entrepreneurship is a masculine process. Our study seeks to reveal how entrepreneurs utilise the resources of household and family to exploit opportunities and engage in entrepreneurship. We draw on the growing body of research on entrepreneurial capital, to explore the dynamic between entrepreneurs’ access to different types of resources and venture success. Specifically, we adopt Bourdieu’s (1977; 1986) theory of practice to investigate the interplay between economic, cultural, social and symbolic forms of capital.

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