Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

2012

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management

First Advisor

Robert Bosselman

Second Advisor

Linda Niehm

Abstract

In an effort to support the Saudi Arabian government's efforts to strengthen the family unit and economy, this study examines the entrepreneurial potential of female Saudi Arabian Family and Consumer Sciences students and Saudi Arabian women entrepreneurs. Saudi Arabia is a country where the Islamic religion and its values are interwoven into every aspect of society, with family as the basic social institution. Traditionally, male family members made decisions including those regarding the careers of female family members. Using a phenomenological approach, the researcher interviewed 33 Saudi Arabian female undergraduate students and nine businesswomen to learn more about influences and perceptions affecting the realization of their entrepreneurial potential. The study has five chapters.

Copyright Owner

Amal Abdulkader Basaffar

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

271 pages

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