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Abstract

One critical issue that is highly overlooked in developing regions is the family embeddedness of women entrepreneurs, even though the women in developing countries simultaneously hold several roles in the family and their businesses. As such, this study focused on evaluating the impact of family-work conflict (FWC) on the performance of women-owned businesses in a developing world context. The findings indicate that FWC negatively influenced the performance of women-owned businesses. Additionally, the moderating effect of social capital in this association was examined. The findings suggest that both bonding social capital and bridging social capital buffers the negative effect of FWC on the performance of women-owned businesses, such that the performance of women-owned businesses characterized by high levels of bonding/bridging social capital is affected less by FWC than those with low levels of bonding/bridging social capital. The study culminates with a discussion of the implications and policy measures that can be adopted to harness the potentials and capabilities of women entrepreneurs in developing countries to foster economic growth and development.

Note on the Author

Brownhilder Ngek Neneh is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Business Management at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa. She holds a Ph.D. in Business Management with a focus on investment and corporate finance and a Masters (Cum laude) in Business Management with a focus on entrepreneurship. In addition to her research on general entrepreneurship, she is especially interested in women’s entrepreneurship. She lectures on entrepreneurship courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

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