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dc.contributor.author Prytherch, Anna Lyn
dc.contributor.author Sinnott, Eileen
dc.contributor.author Howells, Anne Elizabeth
dc.contributor.author Fuller-Love, Nerys
dc.contributor.author O'Gorman, Bill
dc.date.accessioned 2013-07-13T04:14:03Z
dc.date.available 2013-07-13T04:14:03Z
dc.date.issued 2012-01-01
dc.identifier.citation Prytherch , A L , Sinnott , E , Howells , A E , Fuller-Love , N & O'Gorman , B 2012 , ' Gender differences in early group formation ' International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship , vol 4 , no. 2 , pp. 128-152 . DOI: 10.1108/17566261211234643 en
dc.identifier.issn 1756-6266
dc.identifier.other PURE: 1034259
dc.identifier.other PURE UUID: fb99097a-930c-471e-ae82-9355083c6488
dc.identifier.other crossref: 10.1108/17566261211234643
dc.identifier.other Scopus: 84986116647
dc.identifier.other handle.net: 2160/9207
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/9207
dc.description.abstract Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to establish whether different gender groups develop in similar or dissimilar ways to conventional group formation patterns. Focussing primarily on Tuckman's model of group development, male, female and mixed gender learning networks (groups) of entrepreneurs were observed over a six month period, with the observations recorded and analysed, to establish whether different gender networks of business people adhere to Tuckman's model of group development in terms of early development and cohesion through the forming, storming and norming stages. Design/methodology/approach – A total of 100 entrepreneurs were recruited in Autumn 2009/Spring 2010 and allocated to three different gender networks, male, female and mixed, in Ireland and Wales (six networks in total), as part of the Sustainable Learning Networks Ireland Wales (SLNIW, for detailed information about SLNIW see www.slniw.com) INTERREG 4A funded project. The groups began networking in January 2010, observed by impartial observers who noted group behaviour and dynamics and recorded observations quantitatively (based on adapted Bales criteria) and qualitatively. It is the results of these observations that form the basis of this paper. Findings – This paper analyses the results of the group dynamic witnessed over subsequent network meetings for different gender mixes in Ireland. Whilst the observations are still ongoing, early results indicate that early engagement with group members, team bonding and group dynamics are formed sooner in the single gender groups. The paper explores why this could be the case and considers factors that could then address problems with early group development in mixed gender networks, so that the ultimate “performing” stage of group development and optimal business performance is achieved as early as possible. Originality/value – This paper will be of considerable value to academics, theorists and practitioners. It will specifically add to the body of knowledge on single gender networks to see if they provide a more effective learning environment. en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship en
dc.rights en
dc.subject Entrepreneurs en
dc.subject Gender en
dc.subject Gender differences en
dc.subject Group dynamics en
dc.subject Group formation en
dc.subject Ireland en
dc.subject Networking en
dc.subject Networks en
dc.subject Small to medium-sized enterprises en
dc.subject Wales en
dc.title Gender differences in early group formation en
dc.type /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/researchoutputtypes/contributiontojournal/article en
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1108/17566261211234643
dc.contributor.institution Aberystwyth Business School en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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