Date & Time: March 25, 11:00 AM EST
More than a decade has passed since Shane (2008: 126) observed that the “only thing you need to know” to predict whether someone will start or run their own business is “his or her gender.” Many believe that the past few years have been a sort of ‘golden era’ for women entrepreneurship with the number of women entrepreneurs increasing dramatically, as reflected in pronouncements such as “female entrepreneurs represent the fastest-growing category of entrepreneurship worldwide” (Cardella, Hernandez-Sanchez, & Sanchez-Garcia, 2020: 1557). We will look at the state of women’s entrepreneurship, highlight the insidious role of gender stereotypes in the entrepreneurial process, and discuss how we can deal with these issues in our research and teaching. Given that women make up about half of the world’s population, and are increasingly competing on an equal footing with men in academic and professional pursuits, we delve into the possibility of gender parity in entrepreneurship, and how scholars (researchers and educators) can contribute to this goal.
More About the Speakers:
Vishal K Gupta is an Associate Professor at The University of Alabama. He has published over seventy-five research articles and book chapters, including in many prestigious journals, such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Strategic Management Journal, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, and Journal of Business Venturing, among others, receiving multiple awards and honors. His recent book ‘Great Minds in Entrepreneurship Research’ discusses the contributions of the winners of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research over the 1996-2020 time-period. His work is regularly discussed in national and international publications, including Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Business Insider, Forbes, and Fortune. He has taught at several leading institutions worldwide, such as Bahrain Institute of Banking & Finance and Indian Institute of Management, among others. He grew up in a family business, where he received his practical training in entrepreneurship and management before making his way to a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. He is also the author of the forthcoming text Small Business: Creating Value Through Entrepreneurship with Wiley.