Does mentoring reduce entrepreneurial doubt? A longitudinal gendered perspective


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St-Jean, E. et Jacquemin, A. (2022). Does mentoring reduce entrepreneurial doubt? A longitudinal gendered perspective. International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, 14 (3). pp. 375-396. ISSN 1756-6266 DOI 10.1108/IJGE-10-2021-0169

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Mentoring appears to be a good support practice to reduce entrepreneurial doubt, amongst other things. Although perceived similarity could foster the mentoring relationship, gender dyad composition may also influence doubt reduction for entrepreneurs because of the potential gender stereotype in entrepreneurship.

The authors performed longitudinal research based on an initial sample of 170 entrepreneurs supported by a mentor to investigate the evolution of entrepreneurial doubt.

This study demonstrates that doubt can be reduced with mentoring, but only temporarily for male mentees. Gender stereotypes may be at play when it comes to receiving the support of a female mentor as entrepreneurship is still, unfortunately, a “male-dominated world.” Receiving support from mentors perceived as highly similar within the dyad does not reduce entrepreneurial doubt. Trusting the mentor is an important aspect, besides gender, in reducing entrepreneurial doubt.

The research provides insights into the gendered effect of mentoring to reduce entrepreneurial doubt. It shows that gender dyad composition should be taken into consideration when studying mentoring or other similar support to entrepreneurs. © 2022, Emerald Publishing Limited.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: INRPME Entrepreneurial doubt Gender stereotypes Mentoring
Date de dépôt: 13 mars 2023 16:00
Dernière modification: 13 mars 2023 16:00
Version du document déposé: Post-print (version corrigée et acceptée)

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