Failure or Voluntary Exit? Reassessing the Female Underperformance Hypothesis

Justo, Rachida; DeTienne, Dawn; Sieger, Philipp (2015). Failure or Voluntary Exit? Reassessing the Female Underperformance Hypothesis. Journal of Business Venturing, 30(6), pp. 775-792. Elsevier 10.1016/j.jbusvent.2015.04.004

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We reevaluate the female underperformance hypothesis by challenging the assumption that female-owned ventures are more likely to fail. Instead of equating exit with failure, we draw on exit literature and feminist theories to argue that female entrepreneurs are actually more likely than males to exit voluntarily. We argue for further gender differences by using an even more fine-grained conceptualization of entrepreneurial exit (failure, exit for personal reasons, and exit for other professional/financial opportunities). Post-hoc analyses also point to withingender heterogeneity depending on family status. A sample probe of 219 Spanish entrepreneurs who had exited their business supports our overall reasoning.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Innovation Management > Management

UniBE Contributor:

Sieger, Philipp

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics
600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations

ISSN:

0883-9026

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Philipp Sieger

Date Deposited:

19 Jul 2016 09:33

Last Modified:

19 Jul 2016 09:33

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.jbusvent.2015.04.004

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Entrepreneurial exit; Gender; Feminist theories; Family context

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.84177

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/84177

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