Kent Business School, Sibson Building, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7PE
If you travel by train, the best train station for the University of Kent is Canterbury West (from Charing Cross, London St Pancras, Waterloo East and London Bridge Stations). You can also get trains to Canterbury East from London Victoria. Please view the Canterbury Campus map for directions
If you require parking on site, please email Patricia Lewis.
To advance debates concerned with gender inequality in contemporary organizations, this seminar series argues for a shift in how we theorise and understand the persistence and experience of ongoing discrimination. Specifically, the series calls for a move away from explanations based on an assumption of exclusion (underpinned materially and symbolically by a masculine norm) towards a focus on critically scrutinising the way in which women and men are included in organizations today.
Seminar 5 will explore the extent and depth of women’s inclusion in the field of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship has been presented as the “solution” to a range of “women’s work issues” - need to secure a flexible work-life balance, want to escape from the gendered culture of large organizations, prefer to lead in a way which feels authentic to you – then set up your own business. Additionally, women are valorised as a source of untapped entrepreneurial potential with men being twice as likely to start their own business - 10.4 per cent of men compared to 5.5 per cent of women in the UK. Much policy attention has been directed at the “problem” of women’s under representation in the ranks of entrepreneurs with a notable focus on the “fixing” of women who are seen as lacking confidence, more risk averse and likely to have an underperforming business. This seminar will consider the experience of entrepreneurship for women business owners through a critical exploration of the conditions of their inclusion in this economic activity. Moving away from a focus on the individual female entrepreneur, attention will be directed at the persistence of cultural and systemic biases which women are subject to when engaging in entrepreneurship.
The seminar series is organised by Dr Maria Adamson (Middlesex), Professor Elisabeth Kelan (Cranfield), Dr Patricia Lewis (Kent), Professor Nick Rumens (Middlesex), Professor Martyna Śliwa (Essex)
The seminar is free to attend. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please register your place on Eventbrite.
To encourage the participation of early career scholars and PhD students, we have a number of travel bursaries. To apply for a bursary, please email Dr Maria Adamson providing a brief account of your circumstances and why you are interested in attending the seminar. Bursaries are allocated on the first-come-first-served basis.