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Events

Re-thinking Female Entrepreneurship

Thursday, 21 June 2018
10:00 to 17:00
Durham University Business School, UK Mill Hill Lane, Durham DH1 3LB
business.researchadmin@durham.ac.uk

Academics and practitioners are invited to come together for a one day conference on “Re-thinking female entrepreneurship” to bring to the fore the voices of female entrepreneurs (including social entrepreneurs); explore the diversity and heterogeneity of their experiences and challenge the gendered discourse of entrepreneurship.

The conference programme promises a diversity of perspectives. It will explore various aspects of (women’s) entrepreneurial experiences and identities including entrepreneurial leadership, the representation of women’s working lives, household dynamics and growth decisions, and the impact of the entrepreneur’s values on the business. The conference will also discuss enterprise policy initiatives including the policy-practice gap and the role of activist research in closing the gap.

The conference is generously funded by the British Academy as part of part of a three year British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship which explores the journey of female entrepreneurs in Yorkshire using oral history approaches. In the introductory session of the conference, I will share with the audience the project’s main findings.

I am delighted to confirm that we have secured a really strong field of expert speakers who will present their cutting-edge research on women’s working lives including:

Prof. Sara Carter (awarded the OBE for services to women entrepreneurs in 2008) - Professor of Entrepreneurship – University of Strathclyde
Households as a Site of Entrepreneurial Activity

Prof. Jackie Ford – Professor of Leadership and Organisation Studies – Durham University
Entrepreneurial Leadership: Women’s Accounts

Prof. Mark Learmonth - Professor of Organisation Studies - Durham University
Women’s Work: As Represented in Disney Animations

Prof. Claire Leitch - Chair in Entrepreneurial Leadership - Lancaster University
Gender and the Production of Entrepreneurial Legitimacy

Dr Patricia Lewis - Reader in Management - University of Kent
Exploring the Lived Body of (Female) Entrepreneurship in Postfeminist Times

Prof. Susan Marlow (holder of the Queen Award for Enterprise) - Professor of Entrepreneurship - Nottingham University
Women’s entrepreneurship - The Empresses New Clothes?

Prof. Julia Rouse – Professor of Entrepreneurship - Metropolitan Manchester University
How Do We Create Change for Women in Entrepreneurship? Exploring the potential of Engaged and Activist Scholarship

Prof. Kerrie Unsworth - Chair in Organizational Behaviour - Leeds University
What Do You Get Out of Being an Entrepreneur? Rethinking via the Goal Hierarchy

The conference will include three-panel discussions and will conclude with a discussion between practitioners and academics on how both parties can work together to better represent the experiences of women business owners and make their voices heard.

Please find a short bio of the keynote speakers here.

Due to the high calibre of the speakers, we are expecting a high level of demand for conference places, so please book your place by sending an email to business.researchadmin@durham.ac.uk. Please make sure you can make the date before you book your place.

The conference is free of charge with lunch and refreshments included. Please advise of any dietary requirements.

We look forward to seeing you for a day-long engagement for what we expect to be some fascinating discussions and debates on gender and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Hannah Dean
British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Durham University Business School