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International Diversity Day event in collaboration with the Federation for Small Businesses, 21st May 2018

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In commemoration of International Diversity Day, GEN teamed up with the UK’s Federation for Small Businesses (FSB) in Manchester, Nottingham and Plymouth to host a webinar across the three locations held at MMU, Nottingham University and the University of Plymouth.  Over sixty FSB members registered for the event and delegates from the three universities also attended. The purpose of this collaboration was threefold; to share leading research on unconscious bias, diversity and leadership, and their impact on women-owned firms, enhance awareness about GEN, and to facilitate inter-regional FSB – GEN networking and collaboration opportunities.

The event consisted of the following three presentations streamed live across our venues in Manchester, Nottingham and Plymouth, where they were followed by local networking and discussions:

  • Unconscious Bias (Dr Sylvia Terbeck, School of Psychology, University of Plymouth)

Whilst equality and diversity training might effect our explicit expressions and behaviour, we also harbour unconscious biases which can affect us. Learning and understanding the scientific bases and the psychology behind them can support more open and nuanced attitudes. This can help business to be more successful in attracting a diverse range of staff and customers. In this presentation Sylvia discussed the social psychology of unconscious bias. She explained the underlying psychological mechanisms, the latest research in this area, and ways to overcome prejudices.

  • Unconscious Bias, a Lack of Diversity and Gender Inequalities in a Traditionally Male Profession: A Case Study (Dr Lorna Treanor, Nottingham University Business School)

This presentation demonstrates how embedded stereotypes influence the career outcomes of individual professional women located within a traditionally masculine STEM profession (veterinary medicine). The profession is now numerically dominated by women but is still led by men. The presentation highlighted the outworkings of unconscious bias within organisations – in terms of recruitment and selection, work allocation and promotion decisions.

  • Generating Routes for Women’s Leadership (Dr Helen Woolnough, Sylvia Pankhurst Gender and Diversity Research Centre, Manchester Metropolitan University)

Research tells us how organisational processes obstruct women’s progression and retention in leadership roles, and pioneering organisations are responding by developing initiatives to create better routes for women’s leadership. But how do businesses access this knowledge and work out which insights and practices can drive innovation in their organisations? This presentation highlighted the Generating Routes for Women’s Leadership (GROWL) project, which uses the methodology of ‘Engaged Scholarship’ to put organisations in dialogue with research evidence and better practice so they can innovate develop and retain female talent in leadership roles.

 

 

Re-thinking Female Entrepreneurship

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One day Conference
Durham University Business School, UK
Mill Hill Lane, Durham DH1 3LB

Thursday 21st June 2018
Time: 10.00 – 17.00

Academics and practitioners are invited to come together for a one day conference on “Re-thinking female entrepreneurship” to bring to the fore the voices of female entrepreneurs (including social entrepreneurs); explore the diversity and heterogeneity of their experiences and challenge the gendered discourse of entrepreneurship.

The conference programme promises a diversity of perspectives. It will explore various aspects of (women’s) entrepreneurial experiences and identities including entrepreneurial leadership, the representation of women’s working lives, household dynamics and growth decisions, and the impact of the entrepreneur’s values on the business. The conference will also discuss enterprise policy initiatives including the policy-practice gap and the role of activist research in closing the gap.

The conference is generously funded by the British Academy as part of part of a three year British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship which explores the journey of female entrepreneurs in Yorkshire using oral history approaches.

Keynote speakers:

Prof. Sara Carter (awarded the OBE for services to women entrepreneurs in 2008) – Professor of Entrepreneurship – University of Strathclyde
Households as a Site of Entrepreneurial Activity

Prof. Jackie Ford – Professor of Leadership and Organisation Studies – Durham University
Entrepreneurial Leadership: Women’s Accounts

Prof. Mark Learmonth – Professor of Organisation Studies – Durham University
Women’s Work: As Represented in Disney Animations

Prof. Claire Leitch – Chair in Entrepreneurial Leadership – Lancaster University
Gender and the Production of Entrepreneurial Legitimacy

Dr Patricia Lewis – Reader in Management – University of Kent
Exploring the Lived Body of (Female) Entrepreneurship in Postfeminist Times

Prof. Susan Marlow (holder of the Queen Award for Enterprise) – Professor of Entrepreneurship – Nottingham University
Women’s entrepreneurship – The Empresses New Clothes?

Prof. Julia Rouse – Professor of Entrepreneurship – Metropolitan Manchester University
How Do We Create Change for Women in Entrepreneurship? Exploring the potential of Engaged and Activist Scholarship

Prof. Kerrie Unsworth – Chair in Organizational Behaviour – Leeds University
What Do You Get Out of Being an Entrepreneur? Rethinking via the Goal Hierarchy

The conference will include three panel discussions and will conclude with a discussion between practitioners and academics on how both parties can work together to better represent the experiences of women business owners and make their voices heard.

Due to the high calibre of the speakers we are expecting a high level of demand for conference places, so please book your place by sending an email to business.researchadmin@durham.ac.uk.  Please make sure you can make the date before you book your place.

The conference is free of charge with lunch and refreshments included. Please advise of any dietary requirements.

We look forward to seeing you for a day-long engagement for what we expect to be some fascinating discussions and debates on gender and entrepreneurship.

Call for Papers: Special Issue of International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research on Intersectionality and Entrepreneurship

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Guest Editors:
Dr Amal Abbas, Cairo University
Dr Janice Byrne, IESEG School of Management, Paris
Professor Laura Galloway, Heriot-Watt University
Laura Jackman, Heriot-Watt University

The sophistication of our understanding of the diversity of entrepreneurial experience is growing, and this call seeks to develop some of the emerging areas of interest. In particular, the special issue seeks to attract papers on intersectionality and entrepreneurship as a research topic.  The concept of intersectionality highlights the complexity of social identity, and recognizes the overlap and blurring of identities that may occur. Since the seminal work of Crenshaw (1989) and Hill Collins’ (2000) on the experiences of black women, researchers have explored multiple social identities – gender, race, social class, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability –  and how they intersect and overlap to create a whole identity. Research efforts that embrace intersectionality reveal interconnections among systems of oppression and the implications they have for how individuals experience disadvantage.

Entrepreneurship is a highly democratic activity (Pavey, 2006), characterised by “dynamism, ambiguity, discontinuity, uniqueness and innovation” (Howarth et al, 2005, p.25).  Its potential for ‘emancipation’ has been emphasized (Rindova et al, 2009).  Since anyone can trade, on face value, anyone can be an entrepreneur. The opportunity to work for oneself can represent an opportunity to engage with an employment mode that suits particular life circumstances, or might afford an (entrepreneurial) identity more attractive than other work-based identities. However, whiteness and masculinity continue to provide intangible resources to entrepreneurial legitimacy (Martinez Dy, et al., 2016).  While studies of entrepreneurial diversity are increasing, to date, there has been little engagement with the challenges of intersectionality as a focus of study, nor on the experiences of entrepreneurs for whom intersecting identities form their everyday reality.  In addition, most studies addressing entrepreneurial diversity, as for entrepreneurship generally, focus on the experiences in Western contexts.

So rather than seeking universal explanations for entrepreneurship, this special issue seeks papers that focus on the uniqueness of the venturing experience. This might include inspection of the motivations, experiences and challenges faced by those who operate ventures in the social world they inhabit, and indeed, those who may challenge that social world and its structures by becoming entrepreneurs and by the way they operate their firms.

Papers on definitions of value and success for different groups are welcome, as are papers on entrepreneurship as differently experienced depending on social class, wealth (and poverty) status, race, location in the world. Papers on the effects of national, social and religious cultures in terms of whether to venture, the experiences of those who do, and the outcomes for entrepreneurs and their ventures would also be revealing. Additionally, parenthood and family might be further explored when investigating the intersection of class/gender/ethnicity etc and the experiences of entrepreneurs. This group of potential topics is not exhaustive, and we welcome alternative interpretations and perspectives on intersectionality as it affects and is affected by entrepreneurship.

It is anticipated that this special issue will attract papers based on qualitative studies. We do not seek to exclude quantitative studies and welcome their inclusion, but in terms of exploring intersectionality and entrepreneurship the how and why questions emerge. Increasingly studies of identity are underpinned by the notion that identity is performed and understood as narratives. These narratives emerge not only amongst individuals as they shape and construct their identities, but also by cultures, structures and societies as they shape and categorise the human experience. It is within these contexts that we all live and this special issue seeks to explore the extent to which dominant narratives about the lives of – for example women – affect behaviour and experiences. There is also opportunity to inspect if entrepreneurship challenges or reproduces these narratives.

Submission Guidelines: We invite both theoretical and empirical papers that explore the institutional context and their outcomes. All submissions are subject to the standard double-blind review process. Manuscripts must be original, unpublished works not concurrently under review for publication at another outlet and are expected to follow the standard formatting guidelines for the journal. Submission must be made though the ScholarOne site at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijebr  by 30th November 2017. Submissions should be prepared according to the Author Guidelines found at http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=ijebr. When submitting your manuscript, please ensure you select this special issue from the relevant drop down menu on page four of the submission process. Reviews, drafts and outcomes will be conducted through early to mid-2018, with publication for those accepted expected to be early 2019.