Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University
Abstracts > Abstract Details JDE

Abstract Details

Social networks and growth of female-owned ventures: A sub-Saharan Africa perspective
Vol. Volume 20, Number 2 June/2015

Samuel Dawa & Rebecca Namatovu
We examined the influence of the dimensions of social networks on the growth aspirations of women entrepreneurs. Using multi stage stratified random sampling, 540 women were surveyed in the five geographic regions of Uganda. Drawing on social network theory, point bi-serial correlation and logistic regression analysis were carried out to test the hypotheses. While we find a relationship between belonging to a social network and growth, we also find that the relationship between the other indicators of social networks including social support, discussion of business ideas, equality of network members and growth are not statistically significant. We propose that this may be because the challenges that face women entrepreneurs in this context negate the influence of social networks on growth. On the other hand we posit that the metrics used to measure entrepreneurship related constructs are biased not only against women but even the developing country context.

Keywords: Women Entrepreneurship, social networks, growth, Sub-Saharan Africa