Title

Social Capital Impediments In The United Arab Emirates: A Case Of Emirati Female Entrepreneurs

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Murat Sakir Erogul

Document Type

Article

Source of Publication

Journal of Enterprising Culture

Publication Date

9-1-2011

Abstract

It is possible that when looked at from the outside, the Gulf Arab countries give an impression that they are not very supportive to female entrepreneurs. This perception may be pertinent to a certain degree; however, Emirati female entrepreneurs (EFE) in the United Arab Emirates demonstrate that enhancing co-operation and support is possible through increasing interaction and networking with men. Analysis is undertaken of the observations and actions of conveniently selected 17 EFEs. The scoping of the respondents reveal that EFEs who engage with indirect male ties require a 'male contact facilitator' from their family or relatives to do so. These men are facilitated by the entrepreneur to adopt the role of a 'male network partner (MNP) and provide support in overcoming challenges and achieving business objectives. The paper sets new standards of support for Emirati women in business ventures as it attempts to describe Emirati female entrepreneurship in a different language and proposes that co-operation, interaction and networking with men help EFEs access and use key resources, alleviate or remove key challenges and achieve business objectives.

ISSN

0218-4958

Publisher

World Scientific Publishing

Volume

19

First Page

315

Last Page

339

Disciplines

Business

Indexed in Scopus

no

Open Access

no

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