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WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS IN THE GREEK COUNTRYSIDE: A TYPOLOGY ACCORDING TO MOTIVES AND BUSINESS CHARACTERISTICS
Vol. Volume 14 Number 2 June/2009

OLGA IAKOVIDOU

STAVRIANI KOUTSOU

MARIA PARTALIDOU


Differences between male and female entrepreneurs provide compelling reasons to study separately the latter. Especially in rural areas the plethora of research shows that women are a remarkable and unexplored source of the labor force. Nevertheless, few researchers have examined separately rural women and issues pertaining to their entrepreneurship. The contribution of this study to the debate of women’s entrepreneurship is the closer examination to women in Greek rural areas. This research aims to examine factors that must be considered independently with recognition to the variances of rural areas with different geomorphologic and economic profile. The characteristics of women’s entrepreneurship in Greek rural areas and the women’s motives for the undertaking of the entrepreneurial activity are used to identify a typology of women entrepreneurs in the Greek countryside.



Keywords: Women entrepreneurs, rural areas, typology, motives.