Entrepreneurial success of cottage-based women entrepreneurs in Oman

Suhail M. Ghouse, Gerard McElwee, Omar Durrah

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to investigate various problems experienced by cottage-based women entrepreneurs to launch and develop their ventures in Oman and to focus on women going beyond their traditional family roles for various reasons to establish themselves in Omani society. Design/methodology/approach: The study applies a mixed research approach using a quantitative survey of 142 cottage-based Omani women entrepreneurs and qualitative face-to-face interviews with ten women entrepreneurs, presented as six short case studies. The intensity of the business-related problems is determined through the exploratory factor analysis, and confirmatory factor analysis is used to confirm the model by determining the goodness of fit between hypothesized model and sample data. Findings: Access to government for current business needs, access to specialized suppliers for staying ahead of the competition and high cost of raw materials were the problems mentioned as being important, while marketing-oriented problems were of least concern. Research limitations/implications: This study was undertaken in one region of Oman only and thus poses problems when extrapolating the findings to other areas. Practical implications: The study suggests how policymakers can support women entrepreneurs to diversify and start new ventures while simultaneously contributing to the socio-economic development of Oman. Originality/value: Research on cottage entrepreneurship in the context of an Arab country is scarce and the study provides an overview of the obstacles and support required for the development of women entrepreneurship in Oman.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)480-498
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research
Issue number3
Early online dateJan 2019
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2019


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