Part I. The Study Introduction
Purpose of Study
Method and Procedure
Limitations of the Study
Significance of the Study
Definitions of Terms
Pat II. Review of the Literature
Feminist Research and the Use of Qualitative Methods
Entrepreneurship and Women Entrepreneurs
Women and Leadership
Qualitative Research and Female Entrepreneur Research
Part III. Methodology of Study
The Sample: Who Were the Participants?
Preparation of the Human Instrument: Investigator Preparation
The Interview Protocol
Data Collection and Analysis
Follow-up With Participant Sub-Sample
Part IV. The Data
Post-Childhood Experience (Prior to Own Business Startup)
Starting Their Businesses
The Current Role: Woman Business Owner
The Learning Process and Resources
The Continual Process of Learning
Sharing Their Knowledge and Learning from Others
Part V. Discussion of Findings, Conclusions, and Implications of this Study
Discussion of Findings
Research Question 1: What do female entrepreneurs learn and why?
Research Question 2: How do they learn? How is this demonstrated? What methods or processes do they use?
Research Question 3: What resources do they rely upon in their learning endeavors?
Research Question 4: How do they describe their learning?
Research Question 5: What factors affect their learning?
Implications of this Study
Implications for Future Study
APPENDIX A: Description of the Women Participants
APPENDIX B: Demographics of Participants
APPENDIX C: Interview Guide
APPENDIX D: Categorizing
APPENDIX E: Categories Which Arose from Interview Data
APPENDIX F: Relationship of Units of Analysis and Categories