Comparative Analysis on Male versus Female Entrepreneurial Performance
The comparative study was to establish whether there is a significant difference between male and female entrepreneurs in terms of entrepreneurial performance from selected variables. Data was obtained from the Zimbabwe Finscope national survey. An Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) multiple regression model was used. The comparison findings indicate that age, motivation, education level, IT skills, experience and hours worked per day had an influence on entrepreneurial performance. The findings do provide some support for both liberal and social feminist theories. As to liberal feminist theory, findings indicate that gender differences in education levels, skills and experience partly explain the differences on entrepreneurial performance. Whilst, social feminist theory based on the premise that male and female socialisation process is different, these inherent differences like gender roles at work and home between males and females lead to differences in entrepreneurial performance. Zimbabwean female entrepreneurs are still disadvantaged relative to their male counterpart’s entrepreneurial performance. It would be ideal in future to conduct a qualitative inquiry or a mixed methods study that could include the voices of men and women in order to appreciate the lived experiences.
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