"Enter the dragoness": Firm growth, finance, guanxi, and gender in China

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/97854
Title:
"Enter the dragoness": Firm growth, finance, guanxi, and gender in China
Authors:
Hussain, J. G. (Javed); Scott, J. M. (Jonathan); Harrison, R. T. (Richard); Millman, C. (Cindy)
Affiliation:
Teesside University. Teesside University Business School.
Citation:
Hussain, J. G. et. al. (2010) '"Enter the dragoness": Firm growth, finance, guanxi, and gender in China', Gender in Management, 25 (2), pp.137-156.
Publisher:
Emerald
Journal:
Gender in Management
Issue Date:
2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/97854
DOI:
10.1108/17542411011026302
Abstract:
Purpose: The purpose of this exploratory paper is to theorise and examine gender differences in the impact of financial capital on Chinese firms' growth, and investigate the role of guanxi (connections and networks) in the process of obtaining finance. Design/methodology/approach: A structured questionnaire is used to collect comprehensive financial data from 18 women to 69 men, which is analysed empirically. Findings: Women appear to be no more disadvantaged from obtaining finance than men in China and in some respects appear to be in a better position. Both women- and men-led firms are significantly stronger in relation to having access to enough finance to grow than at the start-up phase. A majority of participants in this study used guanxi to access finance. Furthermore, the paper finds that guanxi is used equally by men and women, and that guanxi-sourced finance comprised a significant proportion of the overall capital obtained. Research limitations/implications: One major limitation of the study is that, of the 87 questionnaires returned, 21 per cent are women and 79 per cent are men and, although the findings are not representative or generalisable, the results do suggest a number of possible avenues for future research. Originality/value: The paper has illuminated the under-explored area of the financing of growth in women-led firms in China. This research agenda is particularly important because small- and medium-sized enterprise finance in China is a key need-to-know area, there is a paucity of specific research on financing women entrepreneurs in China and of the phenomenal rise of women's entrepreneurship in China.
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
business development; China; finance; social capital; social networks
ISSN:
1754-2413
Rights:
Author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 04/05/2010]
Citation Count:
0 [Scopus, 04/05/2010]

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dc.contributor.authorHussain, J. G. (Javed)en
dc.contributor.authorScott, J. M. (Jonathan)en
dc.contributor.authorHarrison, R. T. (Richard)en
dc.contributor.authorMillman, C. (Cindy)en
dc.date.accessioned2010-05-04T09:49:58Z-
dc.date.available2010-05-04T09:49:58Z-
dc.date.issued2010-
dc.identifier.citationGender in Management; 25 (2): 137-156en
dc.identifier.issn1754-2413-
dc.identifier.doi10.1108/17542411011026302-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/97854-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: The purpose of this exploratory paper is to theorise and examine gender differences in the impact of financial capital on Chinese firms' growth, and investigate the role of guanxi (connections and networks) in the process of obtaining finance. Design/methodology/approach: A structured questionnaire is used to collect comprehensive financial data from 18 women to 69 men, which is analysed empirically. Findings: Women appear to be no more disadvantaged from obtaining finance than men in China and in some respects appear to be in a better position. Both women- and men-led firms are significantly stronger in relation to having access to enough finance to grow than at the start-up phase. A majority of participants in this study used guanxi to access finance. Furthermore, the paper finds that guanxi is used equally by men and women, and that guanxi-sourced finance comprised a significant proportion of the overall capital obtained. Research limitations/implications: One major limitation of the study is that, of the 87 questionnaires returned, 21 per cent are women and 79 per cent are men and, although the findings are not representative or generalisable, the results do suggest a number of possible avenues for future research. Originality/value: The paper has illuminated the under-explored area of the financing of growth in women-led firms in China. This research agenda is particularly important because small- and medium-sized enterprise finance in China is a key need-to-know area, there is a paucity of specific research on financing women entrepreneurs in China and of the phenomenal rise of women's entrepreneurship in China.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherEmeralden
dc.rightsAuthor can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 04/05/2010]en
dc.subjectbusiness developmenten
dc.subjectChinaen
dc.subjectfinanceen
dc.subjectsocial capitalen
dc.subjectsocial networksen
dc.title"Enter the dragoness": Firm growth, finance, guanxi, and gender in Chinaen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentTeesside University. Teesside University Business School.en
dc.identifier.journalGender in Managementen
ref.citationcount0 [Scopus, 04/05/2010]en
or.citation.harvardHussain, J. G. et. al. (2010) '"Enter the dragoness": Firm growth, finance, guanxi, and gender in China', Gender in Management, 25 (2), pp.137-156.-
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