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dc.contributor.authorAshton Wagner, Doreen
dc.date.accessioned2021-10-19T22:03:02Z
dc.date.available2021-10-19T22:03:02Z
dc.date.issued2021-10-19
dc.date.submitted2021
dc.identifier.urihttps://viurrspace.ca/handle/10613/25176
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.25316/IR-16996
dc.description.abstractPurpose – This study draws from ecological systems theory (EST) as the conceptual basis to answer the question: what affects the entrepreneurial resilience of rural women business owners in a time of crisis? Design/methodology/approach – Evidence was gathered from two in-depth interviews with each of 13 participants, three months apart, during the 2020-2021 pandemic. Thematic analysis was applied, along with measures to ensure trustworthiness. Findings – Immediate social contexts challenged entrepreneurial resilience with family care obligations, homeschooling, and unsupportive close relationships. Certain institutional contexts such as enterprises’ industry and business models also demanded more resilience – with healthcare and in-person-only retail operations being most affected. Beyond contexts, entrepreneurial resilience ebbed and flowed with recursive ecosystem interactions especially with close, personal relationships. Business owners demonstrated agency with coping strategies to bolster resilience including focusing on community and collaboration, employing clarity around roles to navigate business and personal commitments, appropriate distancing from ecosystem relationships at critical times, and strategic application of new ways of doing business to accommodate COVID restrictions. Originality/value – This study is unique in that it was conducted as a significant health and economic crisis was unfolding, offering insight into the development of entrepreneurial resilience, over time, and focusing on a relatively unexplored field of rural women entrepreneurship. Keywords – Resilience, Entrepreneurial resilience, Women entrepreneurs, Rural entrepreneurs, Ecological systems theory Paper Type – Research paper
dc.subjectEcological systems theory
dc.subjectEntrepreneurial resilience
dc.subjectResilience
dc.subjectRural entrepreneurs
dc.subjectRural Women Business Owners
dc.subjectWomen entrepreneurs
dc.titleThe entrepreneurial resilience of rural women business owners in a time of crisis
dc.date.updated2021-10-19T22:03:05Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
dc.degree.nameM.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies
dc.degree.levelMasters
dc.degree.disciplineCollege of Interdisciplinary Studies


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