The role of guanxi networks in the performance of women-led firms in China

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/313945
Title:
The role of guanxi networks in the performance of women-led firms in China
Authors:
Scott, J. M. (Jonathan); Harrison, R. T. (Richard); Hussain, J. G. (Javed); Millman, C. (Cindy)
Affiliation:
Teesside University. Technology Futures Institute.
Citation:
Scott, J.M., Harrison, R.T., Hussain, J. and Millman, C. (2014) ‘The role of guanxi networks in the performance of women-led firms in China’, invited submission to special issue of International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, 6 (1).
Journal:
International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship
Issue Date:
30-Mar-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/313945
DOI:
10.1108/IJGE-03-2013-0014
Abstract:
Purpose This exploratory study examines how knowledge acquired via guanxi (networks and connections) is enabling women in China to overcome a number of significant barriers and challenges in order to start and grow successful businesses. Design/methodology/approach We undertook two in-depth interviews (case studies) to qualitatively investigate the use of guanxi as a means of overcoming various barriers faced by Chinese women in establishing and growing their businesses. Findings Our findings suggest that family background (and, in particular, support from parents and spouses), experience, training, education and finance are key success factors influencing the performance of women-led firms in China. The two cases we examine demonstrate the importance of mentors in helping to develop a woman’s business acumen and providing the right contacts to help overcome potential barriers to developing a successful business. Research limitations While this study provides a useful first step to better understanding the role of guanxi networks in supporting women led ventures in China, further research is needed to test the generalizability of our findings. Originality/value This study contributes to the limited prior research focussing on the important role of guanxi networks in assisting Chinese women to successfully launch and grow new ventures.
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Rights:
Author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo [Accessed: 12/03/2014]

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dc.contributor.authorScott, J. M. (Jonathan)en_GB
dc.contributor.authorHarrison, R. T. (Richard)en_GB
dc.contributor.authorHussain, J. G. (Javed)en_GB
dc.contributor.authorMillman, C. (Cindy)en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-12T09:22:36Z-
dc.date.available2014-03-12T09:22:36Z-
dc.date.issued2014-03-30-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Gender and Entrepreneurship; 6 (1).en_GB
dc.identifier.doi10.1108/IJGE-03-2013-0014-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/313945-
dc.description.abstractPurpose This exploratory study examines how knowledge acquired via guanxi (networks and connections) is enabling women in China to overcome a number of significant barriers and challenges in order to start and grow successful businesses. Design/methodology/approach We undertook two in-depth interviews (case studies) to qualitatively investigate the use of guanxi as a means of overcoming various barriers faced by Chinese women in establishing and growing their businesses. Findings Our findings suggest that family background (and, in particular, support from parents and spouses), experience, training, education and finance are key success factors influencing the performance of women-led firms in China. The two cases we examine demonstrate the importance of mentors in helping to develop a woman’s business acumen and providing the right contacts to help overcome potential barriers to developing a successful business. Research limitations While this study provides a useful first step to better understanding the role of guanxi networks in supporting women led ventures in China, further research is needed to test the generalizability of our findings. Originality/value This study contributes to the limited prior research focussing on the important role of guanxi networks in assisting Chinese women to successfully launch and grow new ventures.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.rightsAuthor can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo [Accessed: 12/03/2014]en_GB
dc.titleThe role of guanxi networks in the performance of women-led firms in Chinaen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentTeesside University. Technology Futures Institute.en_GB
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurshipen_GB
or.citation.harvardScott, J.M., Harrison, R.T., Hussain, J. and Millman, C. (2014) ‘The role of guanxi networks in the performance of women-led firms in China’, invited submission to special issue of International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, 6 (1).-
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