The Impact of Social Network Embeddedness and Risk Propensity on the Entrepreneurial Intention of Women
Women are still underrepresented in entrepreneurship, which is reflected in low levels of entrepreneurial intention (EI). Social networks play a crucial role in influencing female entrepreneurship and developing EI. This study investigates the effect of social network embeddedness on the EI of women. Using a quantitative approach, this paper examines the impact of structural and relational embeddedness on the EI of women and whether risk propensity mediates this relationship. Data were collected through an online questionnaire distributed among women, resulting in a sample of 201 responses. This study concludes that heterogeneous networks can promote EI among women by providing access to diverse resources, which are not available through bonding ties. Relational embeddedness comes with expectations to reciprocate which can discourage the development of EI for women. Moreover, risk propensity does not mediate this relationship, indicating that the perceived risk of entrepreneurship may not play a significant role in women’s EI. This study highlights the practical and theoretical implications for policy programs promoting female entrepreneurship and contributes to the understanding of why women are underrepresented in entrepreneurship.
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