Indian Women as Entrepreneurs: An Exploration of Self-Identity

Indian Women as Entrepreneurs: An Exploration of Self-Identity

by Payal Kumar (Editor)

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Indian Women as Entrepreneurs: An Exploration of Self-Identity by Payal Kumar

This unique edited collection explores the ways in which entrepreneurship acts to shape self-identity for Indian women and validate their identities in a patriarchal society. Differing from existing literature which focuses on the antecedents of entrepreneurship for women and their performing outcomes, Indian Women as Entrepreneurs questions whether entrepreneurship is simply about exploiting a business opportunity for profitability. Asserting that both work and societal environments have an impact on an entrepreneur’s self-identity, this book demonstrates ways in which self-concept influences the entrepreneur’s relationship with their work in terms of motivation, effort and performance. Building on Unveiling Women’s Leadership, this book provides an original and important contribution to the literature on entrepreneurial Indian women.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137602589
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 07/24/2016
Edition description: 1st ed. 2016
Pages: 205
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Payal Kumar is an independent scholar with rich experience in senior leadership positions in both higher education and the corporate sector. As Registrar and Professor at a North Indian University, she launched the university publication and research division. Previous to this she was Vice President of Editorial and Production at SAGE Publications India Private Ltd. As an academician, she has published widely and is an Editorial Board Member of several reputed journals.

Table of Contents

Preface.- Foreword by Dr Bruce Hiebert.- PART ONE: THE INDIAN NARRATIVE.- Chapter 1 Interplay between individual and shared identities of woman entrepreneurs in Manipur (Bisoya Loitongbam and Priyatam Anurag).- Chapter 2 the complex hues of entrepreneurial identity amongst women owning accounting firms (Sujana Adapa and Alison Sheridan).- Chapter 3 Intrinsic rewards of the transition from home-maker to entrepreneur (Meenakshi P.).- Chapter 4 Do women turn to entrepreneurship to maintain a better work-life balance? (Bala Subramanian R. and Sachin Kumar).- Chapter 5 Entrepreneurship among rural Indian women: empowerment through enterprise (Ambika Prasad).- Chapter 6 Leadership style of Indian women in the context of the GLOBE cultural framework (Louise Kelly).- PART TWO: THE DIASPORA NARRATIVE.- Chapter 7 Understanding the gendered identity role of skilled female entrepreneurs amongst the Indian diaspora in Europe (Neha Chatwani).- Chapter 8 The gender, racio-ethnic and professional identity work of an Indian woman entrepreneur in South Africa (Nasima M. H. Carrim).- PART THREE: CASE STUDIES.- Chapter 9 Case Study 1: Entrepreneurship as a vehicle to prove my worth (Prathibha Sastry).- Chapter 10 Case Study 2: How working in a collective boosts self-esteem and choice-making propensity in women (Simran Anand).- Chapter 11 Case Study 3: It’s my business: Personal evolution and assertion of identity (Sonavi Desai).

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From the Publisher

“It takes a woman of substance to know similar women. In this book Professor Payal Kumar has put forth a unique perspective of the Indian woman entrepreneur. Being an entrepreneur myself, with businesses ranging from education, to hospitality, to real estate, I completely identify with the book’s theme of how entrepreneurship chisels one’s self-identity. A brilliant book for anyone who wants a greater insight into how women are able to deftly operate despite invisible yet sometimes constricting gender boundaries.” (Ms Sonica Malhotra, Director MBD Group, India)

“This book views entrepreneurship as a point of entry for a woman to arrive at her socio-economic empowerment, which in turn seeks to transform the power relations across society. While most chapters are written in the domestic context, there are a few chapters which throw light on the related scenario regarding the Indian diaspora across Europe and Africa. The editor Payal Kumar deserves to be complimented for achieving both depth and breadth in her approach to this valuable publication, on a theme which is yet to be fully explored. Overall, the book is a must read for those who would like to be provided with a holistic perspective to the intriguing world of Indian women entrepreneurs.” (Prof Prabal K. Sen, Professor, Economics Area and Chairperson, Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC), Xavier School of Management, India)

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