Social Networks and Growth of Female-Owned Ventures: A Sub-Saharan Africa Perspective

Samuel Dawa, Rebecca Namatovu

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We examine the influence of the dimensions of social networks on the growth aspirations of female entrepreneurs. Using multi stage stratified random sampling, 540 women were surveyed in the five geographic regions of Uganda. Drawing on social network theory, point bi-serial correlation and logistic regression analysis were carried out to test our hypotheses. Although we find a relationship between belonging to a social network and growth, we also find that the relationship between the other indicators of social networks, including social support, discussion of business ideas, equality of network members and growth, are not statistically significant. We propose this may be because the challenges that face female entrepreneurs in this context negate the influence of social networks on growth. On the other hand, we posit that the metrics used to measure entrepreneurship related constructs are biased not only against women but even the developing country context.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1550009
JournalJournal of Developmental Entrepreneurship
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Female entrepreneurship
  • Social networks
  • Growth
  • Sub-Saharan Africa

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