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Gender, Risk, and Venture Creation Intentions

Dawson, Chris; Henley, Andrew

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Chris Dawson

Andrew Henley


© 2013 International Council for Small Business. This paper is concerned with whether women are less likely to express business start-up intentions because of a less favorable attitude to risk. Previous research suggests that attitude to risk differs significantly between genders, but has not addressed the question of whether this contributes to lower levels of female interest in venture creation. This paper describes a conceptual basis for this question, and investigates it using a survey of business start-up intention from across a sample of European universities. A large proportion of the difference in average levels of intention between genders appears to be associated with attitude to risk.


Dawson, C., & Henley, A. (2015). Gender, Risk, and Venture Creation Intentions. Journal of Small Business Management, 53(2), 501-515.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Deposit Date Oct 22, 2012
Publicly Available Date Mar 4, 2016
Journal Journal of Small Business Management
Print ISSN 0047-2778
Electronic ISSN 1540-627X
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 53
Issue 2
Pages 501-515
Keywords gender, risk, venture, creation intentions
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Additional Information Additional Information : First published online 29 December 2013. This is the accepted version of the following article: Dawson, C. and Henley, A. (2013) Gender, risk and venture creation intentions. Journal of Small Business Management. ISSN 1540-627X, which has been published in final form at


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