This study explores the career/achievement and family orientations of entrepreneurs - specifically the impact of sex and dependent child status. While a growing body of research has explored the similarities and uniqueness of women, none have explicitly analyzed entrepreneurs employing a career/achievement and family framework. Additionally, no studies have sought to explore the career/achievement and family orientations of female entrepreneurs with female non-entrepreneurs of similar backgrounds. Consequently, this research explores and compares the career/achievement and family orientations of female entrepreneurs with a group of female non-entrepreneurs with similar educational levels, ages, and work experience. It also compares the orientations of male entrepreneurs with a group of male non-entrepreneurs in order to both confirm existing literature and create a means to compare intra-female with intra-male career and family orientations. The analysis shows no statically significant differences in the career/achievement and family orientations of women entrepreneurs and similar female non-entrepreneurs. It also finds, confirming existing literature, that male entrepreneurs possess a greater career/achievement orientation as compared to male non-entrepreneurs.
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Demartino, Richard; Barbato, Robert; and Jacques, Paul, "Exploring the career and family orientations of entrepreneurs: the impact of gender and dependent status" (2004). Accessed from
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