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Understanding Gendered Variations in Business Growth Intentions Across the Life Course

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  • Amy E. Davis,

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    1. Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, School of Business, College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina
      Amy E. Davis, tel.: (843) 953-5433; e-mail: davisae@cofc.edu.
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  • Kelly G. Shaver

    1. Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, School of Business, College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina
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  • An earlier version of this article was presented at the Diana International Research Conference in Banff Springs, Canada on August 3, 2010.

Amy E. Davis, tel.: (843) 953-5433; e-mail: davisae@cofc.edu.

Abstract

This article investigates differences in growth intentions of men and women entrepreneurs. Using data from the U.S. Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics I and II, we test hypotheses informed by life course theory regarding the influence of career stage and family status on high growth intentions of men and women entrepreneurs. Results show that young men are especially likely to express high growth intentions, while mothers expressed high growth intentions more frequently than did other women.

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