Information Returns and Personal Networks: Does Gender Matter?



Several researches showed that the women leaders of Small and Medium-size Enterprises (SME) suffer from a lack of success in terms of resource access. We consider a specific resource strategic information about market opportunities. We decide to study this resource access relating it to social network and entrepreneurial orientation. Using a sample of 514 SME managers, results show that the relative disadvantage of women is not due to a difference in terms of network composition or networking behaviour. The main explanation remains in the relation between the women managers and the alter of their personal network is based on gender heterophily. That's why the resource transfer is more difficult for women who must interact with a majority of men to obtain strategic information about market opportunities.
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Ingrid Verheul