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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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South Africa Business & Economics
Competency Business & Economics
Female entrepreneurs Business & Economics
Women entrepreneurs Business & Economics
Africa Business & Economics
Business success Business & Economics
Small and medium-sized enterprises Business & Economics
Operator Business & Economics

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Research Output 2016 2019

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)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

change management

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
South Africa
Women's entrepreneurship
Sub-Saharan Africa

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).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Women entrepreneurs
South Africa
Work-life balance
Women's entrepreneurship
Open Access
South Africa
Business success
Female entrepreneurs
Open Access

Activities 2014 2014

  • 1 Participation in conference

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