Women’s motivation to lead in small social enterprises: a systematic literature review

Kae Reynolds, Victoria L. Stewart

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This paper explores the motivation of women to lead in small and micro non-profit organisations in the United Kingdom.

A systematic literature review within a fixed timespan and geographical boundaries was conducted around key themes and semantic criteria.

Evidence of gender differences related to the motivation to lead in the non-profit sector was revealed. The review indicated that men were driven by pragmatic interests and ego; whereas women were motivated through the opportunity to be change agents.

Research Limitations
Findings and implications are limited in scope by the geographical focus and the exclusion of ‘grey literature’ from the study, as well as the nature of secondary research.

This study provides exposes a gap in the field and new insight into the motivation to lead and indications for diversifying executive positions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBAM2019 Conference Proceedings
PublisherBritish Academy of Management
Number of pages38
ISBN (Electronic)9780995641327
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sept 2019
Event2019 British Academy of Management Conference: Building and Sustaining High Performance Organisations During Uncertain Times - Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Sept 20195 Sept 2019


Conference2019 British Academy of Management Conference
Abbreviated titleBAM 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Women's leadership
  • Social enterprise
  • Motivation to lead


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