Women-owned sewing businesses in Lagos-State, Nigeria: a study of the factors influencing their business growth

Ogundana, O. ORCID: 0000-0002-0121-7231, Galanakis, K. ORCID: 0000-0002-1320-2475, Simba, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-0276-8211 and Oxborrow, L. ORCID: 0000-0003-2795-8131, 2018. Women-owned sewing businesses in Lagos-State, Nigeria: a study of the factors influencing their business growth. In: BAM 2018 Conference proceedings. London: British Academy of Management.

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Statistics show that more than 60% of chronically hungry and deprived people are women, and Africa contributes the highest percentage. Entrepreneurship has been theorised a fundamental means for alleviating hunger, poverty and unemployment level prominent among women. However, global women entrepreneurship monitoring institutions have revealed that business closure among women entrepreneurs has been on a consistent rise from 2012 to date. Thus, the debate about factors influencing the business growth of women-owned businesses has been a topical issue in business management. Recently, scholars have advocated for a focus on women-specific constructs: motherhood, meso-and the macro-environment to advance women’s entrepreneurship study. However, existing studies have focused mainly on the negative influence of these women-specific constructs. Therefore, this article investigated how motherhood factor (household/family context), and meso-/macro-environment context positively and negatively influences the business growth of women-owned sewing businesses (WOSBs) in Lagos, Nigeria. This study suggests growth strategies that will improve the negative influences, and how women entrepreneurs can use the positive influences to exploit growth opportunities. Thus, the outcome of this research is beneficial to women entrepreneurs, scholars and policy-makers.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Ogundana, O., Galanakis, K., Simba, A. and Oxborrow, L.
Publisher: British Academy of Management
Place of Publication: London
Date: 4 September 2018
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Schools > School of Art and Design
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 19 Nov 2019 12:30
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 12:30
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URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/38368

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