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Research Interests

My scholarly interests range widely, encompassing entrepreneurship and focusing on the culturally instantiated facets of the debate on gender entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial competencies, family businesses, entrepreneurship education, and the informal economy.  My research also contributes to the already established discourse on gendering entrepreneurship and provides explicit feminist perspectives highlighting the inadvertent reinforcement of women’s subordination to men in the context of the entrepreneurial endeavours. 

I am a member of the Global Women Entrepreneurship Program involved in OECD projects on women entrepreneurship policies. I am also an external examiner at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Education/Academic qualification

Entrepreneurship, Doctorate, Cardiff Metropolitan University

13 Feb 20139 Jun 2016

Strategic Management, MBA, Plymouth University

12 Feb 201115 Mar 2012

Foreign Languages, Degree, University of Port Harcourt

12 Oct 199115 Oct 1994

External positions

External Examiner, University of Pretoria

3 Oct 2019 → …

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Research Output

The accessibility and affordability of higher education in Sub-Sahara-Africa: The debate on low-cost and private higher education institutions

Irene, B. & Hussain, T., 20 Feb 2020, (Accepted/In press) The Education Systems of Africa. Adeyemo, K. S. (ed.). 1 ed. Springer, p. (In-Press) (Global Education Systems).

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  • Competency-Based Entrepreneurship Education: Analysis of the Disruptive Innovation Theory in African HEIs

    Irene, B., Opute, A. & Ibidunni, S., 10 Sep 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of Business and Globalisation. (In-press), p. (In-press)

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  • Technopreneurship: A Discursive Analysis of the Impact of Technology on the Success of Women Entrepreneurs in South Africa

    Irene, B., 8 Mar 2019, Digital Entrepreneurship in Sub-Saharan Africa: Challenges, Opportunities and Prospects. Taura, N., Elvira, B. & Madiche, N. (eds.). 1 ed. Cham: Springer, p. 147-173 27 p. ( Palgrave Studies of Entrepreneurship in Africa).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Women entrepreneurs in South Africa: Maintaining a balance between culture, personal life, and business

    Irene, B., 23 Feb 2018, Women Entrepreneurs and the Myth of 'Underperformance': A New Look at Women's Entrepreneurship Research. Yousafzai, S., Fayolle, A., Lindgreen, A., Henry, C., Saeed, S. & Sheikh, S. (eds.). Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., p. 90-106 17 p. (Women Entrepreneurs and the Myth of 'Underperformance': A New Look at Women's Entrepreneurship Research).

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    • 1 Oral presentation

    Factors Affecting the Oscillation of women from Sefl-employment to paid-employment

    Bridget Irene (Speaker)
    14 Jun 201916 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA) / African Unity for Renaissance Conference

    Bridget Irene (Speaker)
    8 May 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference