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Nicole Lehmann

BA (Hons) Management with Asian Studies, Nottingham; MSc Business and Management (Distinction), Nottingham


Room: C30A (South Building)
Tel: +44 (0) 115 84
Email: nicole.lehmann@nottingham.ac.uk

Current Status: Registered
Year of Registration: 2016
Expected Completion Date: /09/2019

Primary Funding Source:
Business School Scholarship

Research Topic:
Exploring British Muslim women's experiences of entrepreneurship through the intersectionality of gender, race and religion

Research Details:
The aim of the study is to understand British Muslim women’s experiences of entrepreneurship through an intersectional framework focusing in particular on the social categories of differences of gender, race and religion. The entrepreneurial conversation is being increasingly criticised for its exclusionary discourse, wherein entrepreneurship is celebrated as a heroic individual achievement with necessarily positive outcomes for the entrepreneur as well as the wider community and society in line with the currently dominant neoliberal ideology. Such a view though overlooks the importance of understanding entrepreneurship as a socially embedded process where the acquisition and employment of entrepreneurial capital depends on the social position of the entrepreneur. Those assumptions are problematic as it reinforces the portrayal of entrepreneurship as an inherently meritocratic and desired activity only waiting to be realised by the supposedly right individual. Such a view though overlooks the importance of understanding entrepreneurship as a socially embedded process where the acquisition and employment of entrepreneurial capital depends on the social position of the entrepreneur. Instead, rather than being equally accessible to all, entrepreneurs are not equally positioned within society and prominent social categories of difference such as gender, race and ethnicity come to shape such experiences of entrepreneurship, which can be theorised through the concept of intersectionality. The contribution of this study then lies in incorporating religion through the framework of intersectionality to understand the social positioning of British Muslim women entrepreneurs.

Research Supervisor/s: Jane Nolan, Tracey Warren and Lorna Treanor

Division: Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management


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