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Extending Women's Entrepreneurship Research in New Directions

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  • Karen D. Hughes,

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    1. Department of Strategic Management and Organization, School of Business; Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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  • Jennifer E. Jennings,

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    1. Department of Strategic Management and Organization, School of Business, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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  • Candida Brush,

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    1. Franklin W. Olin Chair in Entrepreneurship, Chair-Entrepreneurship Division, Director-Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, Babson College, Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, Wellesley
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  • Sara Carter,

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    1. Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, Strathclyde Business School, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
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  • Friederike Welter

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    1. Jönköping International Business School (JIBS), Jönköping, Sweden
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Karen D. Hughes, tel.: (780) 492-7146; e-mail: karen.hughes@ualberta.ca, to Jennifer E. Jennings at jennifer.jennings@ualberta.ca, to Candida Brush at cbrush@babson.edu, to Sara Carter at sara.carter@strath.ac.uk, and to Friederike Welter at wefr@jibs.hj.se.

Abstract

The dramatic expansion of scholarly interest and activity in the field of women's entrepreneurship within recent years has done much to correct the historical inattention paid to female entrepreneurs and their initiatives. Yet, as the field continues to develop and mature, there are increasingly strong calls for scholars to take their research in new directions. Within this introduction to the special issue, we expand upon the reasons for this call, describe who responded, and summarize the new frontiers explored within the work appearing in this and another related collection. We conclude by delineating new territories for researchers to explore, arguing that such endeavors will join those in this volume in not only addressing the criticisms raised to date, but also in generating a richer and more robust understanding of women's entrepreneurship.

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