Women Entrepreneurship in Muslim Societies

Women Entrepreneurship in Muslim Societies

Boufeldja Ghiat (University Oran 2 Mohamed Ben Ahmed, Algeria)
ISBN13: 9781799865957|ISBN10: 1799865959|EISBN13: 9781799865971|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-6595-7


Environmental barriers and socio-cultural constraints in Algeria, as in all the MENA Region, have hindered women entrepreneurs but—without a doubt—motivated them to meet the challenges through the adoption of some innovative managerial practices. The culture of a male society is the source of several socio-cultural problems of women entrepreneurs in Muslim environment. The purpose of the book is to point out the impact of local culture influenced by Islam on women entrepreneurship in the MENA Region. A field research was carried out using a questionnaire to investigate the impact of local culture on managerial practices of women entrepreneurs. Their psychological characteristics, managerial competences, and the socio-cultural constraints they meet in the Muslim environment, as well as their abilities to face the different socio-cultural obstacles are highlighted.

The aim of this book is to highlight the impact of local culture on women's entrepreneurship in the Arab world and their practices in managing their enterprises in a masculine society. It also highlights what needs to be done to promote women entrepreneurs in Muslim societies and help them perform their social and economic functions. This helps also to narrow the gender gap in society. This undoubtedly leads to the social and economic development of these environments.

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