Resilience and Economic Empowerment: A Qualitative Investigation of Entrepreneurial Indonesian Women


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The development of female entrepreneurs in Indonesia is an integral part of Muslim women’s economic contributions and empowerment. However, there is a
lack of reliable research about female entrepreneurship and how gender may
affect the experiences of business ownership in Indonesia. Therefore, the aim of
this study is to explore the challenges encountered by these women entrepreneurs on a daily basis. Qualitative in-depth interviews were conducted with 30 female Indonesian entrepreneurs. Participants were recruited using theoretical and maximum variation sampling techniques. Content analysis was then used to analyze the data. Results revealed high levels of variations, both within and between women, suggesting that the quality of business entrepreneurship and success depended largely on the personal characteristics of these women, rather than on any system of formal education or training. This study also found that many women displayed resilient coping strategies when dealing with business failures. As a consequence, they were able to thrive despite restrictive social, cultural and political constraints. The paper highlights the importance of the experiences of female entrepreneurs in a developing country and the need to integrate the development of female entrepreneurship as a part of women empowerment effort.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-121
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Enterprising Culture
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


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