Intrinsic Subtleties of Saudi Arabian Female Startups

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Muhammad Rahatullah Khan
Norean Sharpe


The scholarly contributions apprising values and motivations of female entrepreneurs whether it is work, life or family values and factors that drive them to business is scant as noted by GEM, 2011; Becker, 1985; ‪Gronau‪, S., 1997; Thomas and Mueller, 2000 and Baker ‪et al., 2005. Even less is the information regarding the Saudi Arabian females who are breaking the shackles of ‪ and who are joining the Saudi entrepreneurial workforce to shape their economy and society. This exploratory study investigates the female startup dynamics, antecedents, values, motivations, triggers, effects and role of society in propelling female startups in the Kingdom from different perspectives and endeavors. The study shows that various taboos attached to working outside the home are being shattered and that families and husbands are more cooperative in supporting female startups. A number of issues hinder the growth and development of these startups and opportunities are being explored. The entrepreneurship ecosystem can continue to benefit from stakeholder intervention and assistance at strategic levels of the entrepreneurial process and we provide recommendations. ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

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Part I. Female Entrepreneurship and Glass Celling


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