Culture and Female Entrepreneurship in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

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Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus has a unique patriarchal culture where social gender segregation is still a part of modern life, yet outwardly the culture appears to be like any other European nation. The main purpose of this paper is to increase our understanding of female entrepreneurs in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, as they create and run viable enterprises in a heavily patriarchal society, and to understand if the social mores of the region have an impact on the chosen business sector of female entrepreneurs. A survey of almost 400 entrepreneurs has been administrated using the block sampling methodology and the drop and collect methodology. The qualitative analysis includes thirty in-depth interviews with both male and female entrepreneurs. Results indicate that the Turkish Cypriot female entrepreneurs enjoy the challenges of entrepreneurship, they are positively motivated to commence their enterprises and they are not bounded by the cultural practice of social gender segregation, or by the historical patriarchal values in the region
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBAM2012
Subtitle of host publicationManagement Research Revisited: Prospects for Theory and Practice
Place of PublicationCardiff, UK
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventBritish Academy of Management Conference - Cardiff Business School, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 Sep 201213 Sep 2012


ConferenceBritish Academy of Management Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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