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Possibilities and obstacles for Palestinian women entrepreneurs in agricultural micro enterprises
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Business Administration.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Economics.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Möjligheter och hinder för palestinska kvinnliga mikroföretagsentreprenörer inom jordbrukssektorn (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Background: Women partaking in businesses as entrepreneurs is a field getting increased attention in Palestine. Women’s underutilized economic potential along with entrepreneurial activity as a key driver behind economic progress, make the field of women entrepreneurship in Palestine a matter of importance. The agricultural sector is one of the larger for Palestinian women employment, which is why it might attract aspiring entrepreneurs. With investments from Palestinian authorities as well as NGOs, directed towards developing Palestinian women entrepreneurship, one could argue that the opportunities for women to become entrepreneurs exist. But what is the opinion of the women entrepreneurs themselves regarding existing possibilities and obstacles?Purpose of the study: To examine the process for women entrepreneurs of establishing and running micro companies in the agricultural sector on the West Bank in order to highlight the possibilities and obstacles that they experience.Methodological framework: The study had a qualitative approach in which we conducted semi-structured interviewes with eleven women entrepreneurs, active in agriculture.Conclusion: Our findings suggest that women enter entrepreneurship out of necessity as well as reasons more connected to self fulfilment and grasping at possibly profitable business opportunities. Previous experience in agriculture affected both the willingness to start a business and proved helpful for the entrepreneurial success. Notable challenges were found in marketing, legal matters and the physically tiring work. Most of our respondents did not concentrate on developing the support activities connected to their businesses, directing more of their attention towards primary activities. Our respondents also made use of networks, spanning from private connections to professional contacts.

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2016. , 64 p.
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women entrepreneurship, push and pull factors, developing women business, networking, societal and traditional context
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-130524ISRN: LIU-IEI-FIL-A--16/02316--SEOAI: diva2:952290
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Master Thesis in Economics
Available from: 2016-08-12 Created: 2016-08-12 Last updated: 2016-08-16Bibliographically approved

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