The paradox of the contented female business owner

Powell, Gary N. and Eddleston, Kimberly A. (2008) The paradox of the contented female business owner. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 73 (1). pp. 24-36. ISSN 0001-8791

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According to survey responses from 201 business owners, although the firms of male business owners were more successful than those of female business owners on frequently used measures of business success (business performance compared to competitors and sales), business owner sex did not predict satisfaction with business success, supporting the existence of a “paradox of the contented female business owner”. A differential values explanation for this paradox was strongly supported, whereas a differential inputs explanation was unsupported. Female business owners placed less value on achieving business success than their male counterparts. Also, female business owners’ satisfaction with business success was less related to fluctuations in business performance and sales than that of male business owners. However, results for male business owners displayed a different kind of paradox, as their satisfaction with business success was positively related to business performance and negatively related to sales.

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Journal of Vocational Behavior
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