A question of ties: the impact of social ties on resource mobilization of women entrepreneurs in the Sri Lankan floriculture industry

S.M.P.C. Padmini, Thilakshi Kodagoda, Ramanie Samaratunge

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Floriculture is a booming agribusiness in Sri Lanka, especially for women growers. Current understanding of women entrepreneurs in emerging economies remains limited despite the fact that women entrepreneurs are rapidly growing across the globe. This research identifies the social reality of respondents and examines it objectively. The research used a mixed design, with questionnaire surveys. The interview sample was of floriculturists in the Western Province in Sri Lanka. The study found that 76% of the women sampled received support from their family and 16% support from other institutes. The results revealed that both strong ties and weak ties play a significant role in determining business growth for Sri Lankan women entrepreneurs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Horizons in Management, Leadership and Sustainability
Subtitle of host publicationInnovative Case Studies and Solutions for Emerging Economies
EditorsSatinder Dhiman, Ramanie Samaratunge
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783030621711
ISBN (Print)9783030621704, 9783030621735
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameFuture of Business and Finance
ISSN (Print)2662-2467
ISSN (Electronic)2662-2475


  • Floriculture
  • Social capital
  • Strong ties
  • Sri Lanka
  • Women entrepreneurship

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