Abstract

Although entrepreneurship is generally conceptualized as an economic endeavor, founders often pursue a diverse range of value creation targets. Mirroring this reality, the focus of entrepreneurship research has expanded beyond economic profits as value creation, and acknowledged the substantial role of entrepreneurs in leading societal progress and environmental preservation (Shepherd & Patzelt, 2011). As a result, social and environmental value creation are increasingly vibrant areas of inquiry in entrepreneurship research (Cohen et al., 2008; Cohen & Winn, 2007; Mair & Marti, 2006; Short, Moss, & Lumpkin, 2009; Agafonow, 2014; Chell et al., 2014). Building on this philosophy, our research takes a comparative approach to identify the primary antecedents that shape entrepreneurs’ “blended value” goals (Zahra et al., 2014) across societies and genders. We draw on ethics of care and theories of societal post-materialism to determine how gender and cultural values impact entrepreneurs’ intended value creation.

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