This is the second abstract for the five papers that will be presented at the Panel on Female Entrepreneurs in the Mekong Region to be held next month at the ICIRD in Chiang Mai:
Characteristics of Thai Women Entrepreneurs: A Case Study of SMEs Operating in Lampang Municipality Area
Thai female entrepreneurs often establish entrepreneurial ventures as time-sensitive operations that are not necessarily intended to be the principal income generators for a household but act as supplementary sources of income. Such ventures might also provide other secondary benefits, including occupation for migrant women with no other occupation or qualifications, while the flexible nature of their operation can make it possible for operators to combine it with care for children or other dependents. It has also been found that network connections created and maintained by some entrepreneurs, including women, can be mobilized for other mutually advantageous purposes. This research study explored these issues through a questionnaire-based survey of 80 female Thai entrepreneurs. It was shown that the majority of these women started their businesses of their own volition and maintained autonomy over operations. The structure of these businesses is different, therefore, from family-owned businesses which tend and are intended to remain in operation for multiple generations and which have their destiny ultimately controlled by men. Various results of the study are discussed and used to draw conclusions and make recommendations about the management of such businesses in the future.
Reema Thakur and John Walsh
Ms. Reema Thakur is a teaching assistant at the School of Management, Shinawatra University, Bangkok
Dr John Walsh is Assistant Professor at the School of Management, Shinawatra University, Bangkok