The role of guanxi networks in the performance of women-led firms in China

Scott, Jonathan, Harrison, Richard, Hussain, Javed and Millman, Cindy (2014) The role of guanxi networks in the performance of women-led firms in China. International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, 6 (1). pp. 68-82. ISSN 1756-6266

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Purpose – This exploratory study aims to examine how knowledge acquired via guanxi (networks and connections) is enabling women in China to overcome a number of significant barriers and challenges in order to start and grow successful businesses.

Design/methodology/approach – The authors undertook two in-depth interviews to qualitatively investigate the use of guanxi as a means of overcoming various barriers faced by Chinese women in establishing and growing their businesses.

Findings – The findings suggest that family background (and, in particular, support from parents and spouses), experience, training, education and finance are key success factors influencing the performance of women-led firms in China. The experiences of the two entrepreneurs in the study demonstrate the importance of mentors in helping to develop a woman's business acumen and providing the right contacts to help overcome potential barriers to developing a successful business.

Research limitations/implications – While this study provides a useful first step to better understanding the role of guanxi networks in supporting women-led ventures in China, further research is needed to test the generalizability of the findings.

Originality/value – This study contributes to the limited prior research focusing on the important role of guanxi networks in assisting Chinese women to successfully launch and grow new ventures.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chinese women-led firms, Guanxi networks
Subjects: N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2017 12:23
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 21:19

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