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F&E CWEL Gender Research
The Diana International Research Institute (DIRI) boasts a lively, supportive, and growing community of scholars who do innovative research on women, gender, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Here we showcase some of the research that has come out from, and been amplified by, DIRI and Babson's Frank & Eileen™ Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (F&E CWEL).
2018/2019 GEM Women's Report
The 2018/2019 GEM Women's Entrepreneurship Report aims to highlight areas where there are still gaps, challenges, and opportunities in women's entrepreneurship. Read it here.
Gender-Based Impediments Beyond VC
In a new report, we find gender-biased impediments continue to exist for women entrepreneurs but many find strategies to overcome them. Read more here.
Entrepreneurs Punished for Stereotypically Feminine Behaviors
Research by Assistant Professor Lakshmi Balachandra shows that women entrepreneurs are penalized for exhibiting stereotypically feminine traits. Read more here.
Energy & Empowerment of Women Entrepreneurs
A literature review: Building the evidence base for women's empowerment and entrepreneurship to improve energy intervention's effectiveness. Read it here.
The Hidden Gender Bias in Accessing Credit
A report in partnership with Oxfam America looks at the structural barriers and hidden bias in access to credit for women-led businesses. Read the report here.
How Balancing a Career & Motherhood Makes You Better at Both
A new book co-authored by Babson Professor Danna Greenberg looks at how balancing a career and motherhood makes you better at both. Read about it here.
Pulse Surveys for Women Entrepreneurs
In an effort to better support women entrepreneurs in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Babson's Diana International Research Institute (DIRI) has compiled a series of short (~5 min), confidential, and anonymous surveys, collecting input that will provide a more comprehensive understanding of the business challenges women entrepreneurs are currently facing.
Download the full PDF - DIRI COVID Survey Results for all four of our pulse surveys.
Survey 4: Personal Leadership from Crisis to Opportunity (Closed)
In this fourth 5-minute survey, we ask you to share your personal challenges, strategies, and silver-linings.
Download the Survey 4: Personal Leadership from Crisis to Opportunity (pdf) Result Highlights »
Survey 3: Stakeholder Management from Crisis to Opportunity (Closed)
In this third 5-minute survey, we ask you to share how you are managing key stakeholder relationships, including specific challenges, strategies, and quality of support.
Download the Survey 3: Stakeholder Management from Crisis to Operation (pdf) Result Highlights »
Survey 2: Business Opportunity (Closed)
In this second 5-minute survey, we asked you to share how you are planning around the financial impact of the COVID19 crisis on your business, including specific challenges, strategies, and future opportunities.
Download the Survey 2: Business Opportunity (pdf) Result Highlights »
Survey 1: Creating a Pathway from Crisis to Opportunity (Closed)
In this first 5-minute survey, we asked you to share how you are managing the effects of the COVID-19 on your business, the challenges you are facing, where you are getting support, and what you see as opportunities.
Download the Survey 1: Creating a Pathway from Crisis to Opportunity (pdf) Result Highlights »
Additional Research from Babson:
GEM Women’s Report 2020/2021 (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor)
Elam, Amanda & Hughes, Karen & Guerrero, Maribel & Hill, Stephen & Nawangpalupi, Catharina B & Fuentes-Fuentes, M.Mar & González, Juan & Fernandez-Laviada, Ana & Martínez, Catalina & Rubio Bañón, Alicia & Chabrak, Nihel & Brush, Candida & Baumer, Ben & Heavlow, René & (GERA), the. (2021). Women’s Entrepreneurship 2020/21. Thriving Through Crisis. https://www.gemconsortium.org/report/gem-202021-womens-entrepreneurship-report-thriving-through-crisis
GEM Women’s Report 2018/2019 (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor)
Elam, A. B., Brush, C. G., Greene, P. G., Baumer, B. S., Dean, M., & Heavlow, R. (2019). GEM Women’s Report 2018/2019 (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor). Babson College, Smith College, Korean Entrepreneurship Foundation. https://www.gemconsortium.org/report/gem-20182019-womens-entrepreneurship-report
Building the evidence base for women’s entrepreneurship in the energy sector
Shankar, A., A. Elam, and A. Glinksi (2018), Building the evidence base for women’s entrepreneurship in the energy sector (Gender and Energy Research Project). ENERGIA, International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy. https://www.energia.org/research/gender-energy-research-programme/building-the-evidence-base-for-womens-empowerment-and-entrepreneurship/
Understanding Structural Barriers & Hidden Bias in Access to Credit for Women-Led Businesses
Elam, A. B. (2017). Understanding Structural Barriers & Hidden Bias in Access to Credit for Women-Led Businesses. Oxfam America, Babson College, Value for Women. https://policy-practice.oxfamamerica.org/static/media/files/REPORT_OXFAM_GUATEMALA_3-web_gMpm7nD.pdf
Mary Gentile, Director, Giving Voice to Values, and Senior Research Scholar, author of Giving Voice to Values: How To Speak Your Mind When You Know What’s Right (Yale University Press, 2010) http://www.givingvoicetovaluesthebook.com/
Candida Brush, Chair, Entrepreneurship Division, Director, Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship and Franklin W. Olin Distinguished Professor in Entrepreneurship
Co-author, Saparito, P., Bruch, C., and Elam, “Perceptions of Bank-Firm Relationships: Does Gender Similarity Matter?” Entrepreneurship and Practice April 2012
Julie Levinson, Associate Professor of Film, The American Success Myth on Film (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-american-success-myth-on-film-julie-levinson/1108361554?ean=9780230363366
Danna Greenberg, Associate Professor of Management, co-author, D.L. Greenberg and E. Landry, “Negotiating a flexible work arrangement: How Women Navigate the influence of power and context,” Journal of Organizational Behavior 32 (8), 2011, 1163-88.
Wendy Murphy, Assistant Professor of Management, co-author, Murphy, W.M. and E.H. Volpe, “Married Professional Women’s Career Exit: Integrating Identity and Social Networks,” Gender In Management: International Journal 2011 26 (1): 57-83. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=1754-2413&volume=26&issue=1&articleid=1906866&show=abstract
Nan Langowitz, Chair, Management Division, and Professor of Management, co-author with Elaine Allen, “Understanding the Gender Entrepreneurship Gap: A Multi-Country Examination,” in M. Minniti, ed., The Dynamics of Entrepreneurship: Theory and Evidence, Oxford University Press, 2011 http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/Business/Entrepreneurship/?view=usa&ci=9780199580866
Toni Lester, Professor of Law, Culture and Society, editor of Gender Nonconformity, Race, and Sexuality: Charting the Connections (University of Wisconsin Press, 2003)
Author, “Talking about Sexual Orientation, Teaching about Homophobia Negotiating the Divide Between Religious Belief and Tolerance For LGBT Rights in the Classroom” Duke Law School Journal of Gender and the Law 15 (1) 2008, 388-418
Author “Machismo at the Crossroads - Recent Developments in Latin America Gay Rights Law: The Case of Costa Rica,” Michigan State International Law Journal (Spring 2012)
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Jon Hodge, Full Time Lecturer, Arts and Humanities, author of “Villette’s Compulsory Education,” Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 45: 4 (Autumn 2005).
Mary Godwyn, Associate Professor of Sociology, co-author with Judy Hoffer Gittell, Sociology of Organizations: Structures and Relationships (Pine Forge Press/Sage Publications, 2012), http://www.sagepub.com/books/Book235506
Co-author, with Donna Stoddard, Minority Women Entrepreneurs: How Outsider Status can Lead to Better Business Practices (Greenleaf Publishing, 2011) https://www.greenleaf-publishing.com/minority-women-entrepreneurs
Patricia Greene, Paul T. Babson Chair in Entrepreneurship, co-author, Gatewood, E.J., Brush, C.G., Carter, N.M., Greene, P.G., & Hart, M.M. 2009. “Diana: A symbol of women entrepreneurs’ hunt for knowledge, money, and the rewards of entrepreneurship,” Small Business Economics 32 (2): 129-144 http://www.springerlink.com/content/v14k158q13316436/
Marjorie Feld, Associate Professor of History, Faculty Director, F&E CWEL, author of Lillian Wald: A Biography. http://www.amazon.com/Lillian-Wald-Biography-Marjorie-Feld/dp/B005UW2HO0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1345571532&sr=8-2&keywords=lillian+wald
Beth Wynstra, Visiting Assistant Professor of English, author of "Critical Lens: A Rhetorical Approach to O'Neill's Early Wife Characters" (forthcoming in Critical Insights: Eugene, EBSCO Publishing Incorporated, September, 2012), http://www.amazon.com/Eugene-Oneill-Critical-Insights-Steven/dp/1429837276/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346415377&sr=8-1&keywords=Critical+insights+eugene+o%27neill.