This detailed study of female entrepreneurship in Asia examines the high economic growth that is increasingly driven by market-oriented economic reforms favouring entrepreneurship. There is a higher awareness by women of their political and socio-economic rights and recognition by society at large of social legitimacy of women pursuing business activities in their own right. This book assesses socio-cultural and economic factors influencing female entrepreneurship in Asia as well as the process and the tools and challenges that accompany it.

Key Features

  • Opportunity to acquire knowledge on the socio-economic roles played by women as entrepreneurs in the region
  • Description and analysis of the issue in countries at different stages of economic development and with different socio-economic and cultural environment
  • A broad approach encompassing historical, political, sociological, economics and businesses-related aspects of female entrepreneurship


Students and academics in Asian studies, international business managers

Table of Contents

Introduction; The rising tide of entrepreneurship; Historical and current socio-political and economic context of female entrepreneurship; Evolution of the concept of female entrepreneurship and the reality of women-owned businesses; The institutional environment of female entrepreneurship; Women in the labour market; Public policy supporting female entrepreneurship; Results of the field survey; Conclusions.


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Chandos Publishing
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About the author

Philippe Debroux

Professor Philippe Debroux is a Professor of International Management at Soka University (Japan). He is also visiting Professor of International Management and Human Resource Management on a regular basis at Hanoi Economic University, Tsukuba University (Japan), Rennes University Center for Japanese Studies (France) and Brussels Solvay Business School MBA program.

Affiliations and Expertise

Soka University, Japan