Investigating entrepreneurial success factors of women-owned SMEs in UAE



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Gupta, N. & Mirchandani, A. 2018, 'Investigating entrepreneurial success factors of women-owned SMEs in UAE', Management Decision, vol. 56, no. 1, pp. 219-232.


Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to investigate the key factors affecting the success of women entrepreneurs who own and manage Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in UAE. The extant literature on the relationship between determinants of entrepreneurial success points to a lack of clarification of the link between success factors (Personal, environmental and other) and performance of women-owned SMEs particularly in UAE. Design/methodology/approach: A self-administered questionnaire, through mail survey, is used to collect the data. Cronbach's α test and factor analysis have been carried out to test the reliability of data and validate the hypothesis. Findings: The results suggested that the personal, environmental factors and government support affect positively and significantly to the success of women-owned SMEs in UAE. Research limitations/implications: The study has some limits as to its potential for generalization owing to the sample size, wide geographic spread of respondents and time limitations with the respondents. Practical implications: The results indicate that several factors including personal, environmental and government support are linked with the success of women entrepreneurs of UAE. The results of this study will provide some insights to policymakers and business practitioners to formulate the strategies intended to promote unveiled potential among women entrepreneurs in UAE. Originality/value: Most of the studies focused on women entrepreneurship have taken either their motives or the hurdles faced by them into consideration. Moreover, only a few studies have been carried out in Arab world particularly in UAE. Therefore, this study is an attempt to fill the gap and contribute to a better understanding of UAE's women-owned SMEs.

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