If you are currently a member of ECSB and would like to be a member of the SIG and of its email list, please send an email to the ECSB Secretariat ( If you are not a member of ECSB, you need to register HERE before you can become a member of the SIG.

Join the Gender and Entrepreneurship LinkedIn group.

The GENSIG co-chairs are Cristina Diaz (Universidad De Castilla-la Mancha) and Helle Neergaard (Aarhus University).

Past activities by GENSIG

GEN track at RENT
XXX Conference in ANTWERP (BELGIUM) – Summary

We would like to express our thanks to everyone who joined us at RENT XXX Conference in Antwerp on November 16th-18th. In total we had 10 papers that made it through the review process to be presented at the conference.

We started with a first session of the track, Gender and co-preneurship, in which four papers were presented, leading to a vibrant debate in the group of researchers who attended the session. The fist paper by Verena, Tegtmeier and Pakura was an experimental analysis undertaken with students to test their ideal image of the entrepreneur and its relation to either male and female stereotypes. The second paper by Díaz-García and Byrne, aimed to test the effect of educational setting within French Higher Education Institutions and its impact on entrepreneurial intention, besides cognitive antecedents, and how gender interplays in this process. Subsequently, Vershinina and Phillips presented a paper that problematized the conception of mumpreneurship, aiming to show the positive construction of it by women who are part of an online community (Mumsnet). Finally, Tegtmeier, Mermili and Terjesen presented a quantitative paper to show how the constructs of Bourdieu’s theory (different types of capital, habitus, micro-climate) influence entrepreneurial creation considered as a continuous (entrepreneurial ladder concept).

Just following this first session, we had the first formal meeting of the GENSIG in an overwelming environment, with a room with more than 30 attendants of both genders eager to push forward the ideas and activities needed to promote the SIG and the development of their members.

On Friday there were two more sessions in which the papers revolved around gender and entrepreneurship. Some of them wanted to add a critical perspective to the analysis. In this line, the paper by Marlow, aimed at rethinking the gender agenda in entrepreneurship, promoting the adoption of a broader conception of gender to advance the understanding. Birkner presented the concept of liminality as one with a positive potential to understanding the bipolar situation of women in entrepreneurship when constructing their identity. Finally, Xheneti presented the socio-spatial differences of transitions from the informal to the formal economy by women in three Nepali regions. In the following session, Nadin exposed how currently (post-recession) media representations of female entrepreneurs presented priviledged women as heroines of enterprise, maskering the structural problems that other women have in attaining such a position to venture. Subsequently Ning, presented the insights of her study on female entrepreneurs in Cameroon, showing their growth and entrepreneurial dynamism. To conclude, Fitz-Coch presented a paper on habitual entrepreneurship and identity construction in farming families.

Upcoming activities by ECSB GENSIG

The ECSB GENSIG would like to become a more active platform for its members to interact and collaborate. We also recognize that there are other networks and SIGS that have a similar agenda. However, the community is still quite small, therefore it makes sense that we join forces for various events so that members get as much benefit as possible and get to know one another across organizational boundaries. Therefore, we have entered into a collaboration with the ISBE GENSIG for the event below.

In addition, GENSIG will organise a track in RENT XXXI Conference in Lund (SWEDEN) 15-17 November 2017.

ISBE-ECSB Confreat 17-18 July 2017, Manchester, UK - Abstract submission by 1 February 2017

ISBE Gender and Enterprise Network Special Interest Group


Call for Abstracts for Confreat

17th-­ 18th July 2017

Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Center

Manchester Metropolitan University


The Gender and Enterprise Network (GEN) invites both new and more established scholars to attend a forthcoming ‘Confreat’ (conference/retreat) on 17th and 18th of July 2017 at the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Center, Manchester Metropolitan University.

 The primary focus of this event is to participants to develop working papers for a conference or journal publication. This will mainly take place through feedback on papers and guidance from a prestigious team of established entrepreneurship academics, with both qualitative and quantitative research backgrounds. During the two-­day event, participants will:

  • Receive personalised feedback and guidance on their working papers.
  • Reflect upon the theoretical contributions of their research in the area of gender and enterprise.
  • Learn how to write successful grant applications.
  • Engage with a unique network of internationally recognised scholars as well as early career researchers in the area of gender and entrepreneurship.

The idea for a confreat emerged from a desire expressed by our network for a unique space, where the rigour of an academic conference was combined with the supportive and encouraging aspects of a retreat environment. This experience is designed to sharpen your paper-­writing skills and help you to develop both academically and professionally. Our first confreat in 2015 received an overwhelmingly positive response from attendees who found it “energising”, “inspirational”, “motivating” and “essential”. We were really pleased to be able to develop, not only the attendees’ papers but also their networks and collaborative opportunities. This confreat has been designed to support the development of full papers for those aiming to submit to the Gender Track of the ISBE/ECSB conferences in 2017. However, participants are welcome to submit any paper on which they are currently working, either for a conference or journal submission. As we are really keen to support the journey to publication, previous attendees are free to submit the same paper, as long as they have done significant work on it since the 2015 Confreat.

Who should attend: In order to provide quality feedback and a valuable experience this event will be limited to 24 attendees. We are particularly interested in applications from Early Career Researchers (five years or fewer post-­PhD), PhD students, and/or academics who wish to build on their current publication trajectory (i.e. aim for higher-­ranked journals) in the area of gender and entrepreneurship.

Submitting your abstract: This process involves submission of an extended research abstract. There are no restrictions on the topic areas for the papers, which can relate to any aspect of gender and entrepreneurship/small business management. The abstracts will be blind-­reviewed by members of the organising committee.

Abstract Format (1,000 words maximum). Please include:

Objectives: e.g. What are the aims of your research? What did you want to find out? Why is this important?

Prior Work: e.g. What previous research has been done on this topic? What are the gaps your work addresses?

Approach: e.g. How did you conduct your research? What methodology and methods did you employ? How did you analyse your data?

Results: e.g. What did you find out?

Implications: e.g. What does this mean for practice, policy and/ or theory?

Value: e.g. How can others use your research? What is your contribution to theory, practice and/or policy?

Please submit your abstract to Dr Maria Villares: M.Villares-­ by 1st February 2017.

Successful candidates will be invited to submit a full paper of approximately 7,000 words by 1st June 2017. Each paper will be reviewed by a senior academic in the field, who will offer individual feedback to the author to help develop their work towards journal/conference submission. Attendees will also be required to offer peer reviews on a small number of papers.

Key dates:
1st February 2017 -­ Abstract submission deadline.
1st March 2017 -­ Successful applicants will be notified and invited to submit full papers. They will also receive initial feedback to support full paper development. Registration opens.
31st March 2017 – Registration closes
1st June 2017 -­ Full paper submission deadline
17th -­18th July 2017 -­ Confreat

Fee (inc all meals and an evening dinner on 17th July)

ISBE/ECSB Members:
-­ Standard fee -­ £120
-­ Early Career -­ £80

-­ Standard fee -­ £150
-­ Early Career-­ £110
PhD students -­ £70

Other activities of interest to SIG members

Please, send us information ( of any event/grant/project that you consider of interest for GEN-SIG’s members. Besides this, if you aim to organize a conference on gender and entrepreneurship and you would like to have ECSB as a partner (co-branded event), please feel free to send your proposal.

Call for Papers – Special Issue IEMJ: Women Entrepreneurship and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)


Special Issue of the International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal (ISSN Print: 1554-7191)

“Women Entrepreneurship within Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields”

Special Issue Editors:

Katherina Kuschel – Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
Kerstin Ettl – University of Siegen, Germany
Cristina Díaz-García – Universidad de Castilla La Mancha, Spain
Gry Agnete Alsos – Nord University Business School, Norway

Full Paper Submission Deadline: 31 August 2017

the aim of this Special Issue is to combine the debate on Women in Entrepreneurship with the debate about Gender aspects in STEM and thus addressing both fields in a broader than usual way. In doing so, we achieve to gain new, continuative and contrasting insights through widening the established focus. Finally, the Special Issue contributes to both research on Women Entrepreneurship as well as research on gender aspects in occupational choice within Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics areas.

We welcome high quality manuscripts that link Women Entrepreneurship and STEM. Manuscripts can be both international in scope as well as investigating domestic issues with global relevance. Manuscripts accepted for publication should include implications for business practice. Both conceptual and empirical papers, from different analytical and methodological perspectives, can be submitted. In doing so, we can together build a body of high quality, cumulative research that extends our current knowledge.

Please, read more about the call HERE.


Edward Elgar gives a 35% discount on all their entrepreneurship books. Please find below some examples of EE books related to gender that might be of your interest.

Comments by GENSIG members

If you want to add your comment on the GENSIG initiative send us an email.

Thank you for having promoted the creation of this group. It will certainly be helpful in increasing attention to this issue and encouraging collaboration among gender scholars. Francesca Cesaroni

Università degli Studi di Urbino "Carlo Bo", ITALY