Do (Female) Founders Influence (Female) Joiners to Become Founders too?

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    Abstract

    Female founders are scarce, certainly those employing personnel. Do (female) founders affect the likelihood of (female) joiners to become founders too? Recent research demonstrates that joiners are more sensitive to contextual influences than founders. Joining a startup could provide a context to experiment provisional founder identities, especially if the founder is perceived as a role model. Role models are more likely to be influential, the more similar they are to the focal person, especially if both are minorities, as is the case for women in entrepreneurial environments. We study how joiner-founder (gender) homophily affects the likelihood of female and male joiners to become founders themselves. We find a relatively large and robust positive effect among female joiners that can be attributed to the role modeling function of female founders. Female entrepreneurs hiring personnel may thus have a multiplier
    effect in reducing gender gaps in entrepreneurship rates.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2017
    Number of pages34
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    Event5th Linked Employer-Employee Data Workshop - Universidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
    Duration: 14 Jul 201715 Jul 2017
    Conference number: 5
    http://www.uc.pt/feuc/LEED2017

    Conference

    Conference5th Linked Employer-Employee Data Workshop
    Number5
    LocationUniversidade de Coimbra
    CountryPortugal
    CityCoimbra
    Period14/07/201715/07/2017
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    Keywords

    • Entrepreneurship
    • Founders
    • Joiners
    • Role models
    • Gender gaps
    • Female leadership

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    Rocha, V., & Van Praag, M. (2017). Do (Female) Founders Influence (Female) Joiners to Become Founders too?. Paper presented at 5th Linked Employer-Employee Data Workshop, Coimbra, Portugal.