Entrepreneurial Women
New Management and Leadership Models [2 volumes]
by Louise Kelly, Editor
August 2014, 654pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
2 volumes, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-0077-1
$116, £90, 101€, A159
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The global phenomenon of entrepreneurial women is transforming societies and economies.

Women are now leading companies and other enterprises in significant numbers—in developing countries as well as the Western world. This set examines the specific ways in which entrepreneurial women create success and considers how the growing prevalence of female entrepreneurs will change the world.

This two-volume work provides balanced and thorough coverage of women entrepreneurs in multicultural and international contexts as well as in the Western world. Entrepreneurial Women: New Management and Leadership Models explores how women everywhere are empowering themselves socially and economically through entrepreneurship and business ownership.

The contributors consider how discrimination against women in the workplace can contribute to the inspiration to become business owners in the first place and document the experiences of African American women entrepreneurs as well as women in distinct settings such as China, Africa, rural Jamaica, and Silicon Valley. The work draws on empirical studies, data sets, case studies, and descriptions of career trajectories to portray the realities of women entrepreneurs today. Readers will understand the distinctive challenges and opportunities involved with the entrepreneurship process for women-owned businesses, grasp how women have overcome their disadvantages in getting funding and accessing capital, and learn about the unique management and leadership style of women entrepreneurs.


  • Presents ideas and information contributed by highly respected leaders, authors, thinkers, and entrepreneurs in the field
  • Offers findings from studies on women entrepreneurs around the world that readers will be able to apply to their own businesses
  • Provides examples of how successful women entrepreneurs develop marketing plans and promote themselves and their businesses effectively
  • Documents how women demonstrate a more networked leadership style that has elements of altruism and connection to the community rather than strictly using wealth creation as a motivation for success
Louise Kelly, PhD, is professor of strategy at the School of Management at Alliant International University, San Diego, CA. She is coauthor of Praeger's An Existential-Systems Approach to Managing Organizations. She has been designated an Outstanding Scholar by the U.S. federal government based on her international scholarship and journal publications. Her published work also includes Dictionary of Strategy: Strategic Management A–Z and The Psychologist Manager: Success Models for Psychologists in Executive Positions.


"[T]he collection . . . provides a variety of perspectives on the motivations, challenges, and successes of women engaged in entrepreneurial ventures around the world. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, and faculty."—Choice, March 1, 2015
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