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Female Executives in the Service Sector: The Case of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Spain

Social Sciences and Humanities Faculty, University of Zaragoza, 44003 Teruel, Spain
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Sustainability 2019, 11(20), 5601; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11205601
Received: 20 September 2019 / Revised: 3 October 2019 / Accepted: 8 October 2019 / Published: 11 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and women are important agents for economic and social development. This study attempts to understand how the economic crisis has affected the behavior of SMEs with high female participation in the decision-making process. To that end, the quantitative research focused on a sample of 425 small and medium-sized enterprises in Spain relying on a questionnaire-based survey. The results of the empirical study offer new evidence on the effects of the recession on decision-making female-dominated bodies in organizations and illustrate the importance of corporate governance issues. In addition, the research provides greater knowledge of female entrepreneurs in a country severely affected by the global economic crisis. Several recommendations are proposed to provide a theoretical basis for governments to reduce glass ceiling and promote women’s empowerment policies. View Full-Text
Keywords: gender; diversity; SMEs; services sector; growth; Spain; crisis; innovation gender; diversity; SMEs; services sector; growth; Spain; crisis; innovation
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Esteban-Salvador, L.; Gargallo-Castel, A.F. Female Executives in the Service Sector: The Case of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Spain. Sustainability 2019, 11, 5601.

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