Entrepreneurial capital: the effects of household and family on women entrepreneurs

Tobias Pret, Eleanor Shaw, Sara Carter

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The impact of household and family on entrepreneurial behaviours and practices is not well understood. We address this research gap by drawing on Bourdieu's (1977; 1984; 1986) theory of practice to explore the perspectives of eight women entrepreneurs utilise the economic, cultural, social and symbolic capital of household and family to engage in entrepreneurship. We show that emotioanl support is especially important for women entrepreneurs and develop Bourdieu's conceptual framework accordingly. Furthermore, we demonstrate that household members not only facilitate and impede entrepreneurial processes, but also help shape them over time.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2014
EventBabson Kaufmann Entrepreneurship Research Conference - Babson College, Boston, United States
Duration: 9 Jun 201414 Jun 2014


ConferenceBabson Kaufmann Entrepreneurship Research Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Bourdieu
  • forms of capital
  • women entrepreneurs
  • household
  • family


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