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Are Men more Innovative and Aggressive in Business? Case Study from the Czech Republic


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1 Department of Enterprise Economics, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Mostni 5139, 760 01 Zlin, Czech Republic
2 Department of Managerial Economics, University of Business and Law, Michalkovicka 1810/181, 710 00 Ostrava, Czech Republic
3 Department of Enterprise Economics, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Mostní 5139, 760 01 Zlin, Czech Republic
4 Department of Regional Development, Public Sector Administration and Law, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Mostní 5139, 760 01 Zlin, Czech Republic
 

SMEs make a major contribution to the growth and employment in the EU. In today's fierce competition in the market economic activities the SMEs had gradually developed into a major force for national economic and social development in every country of world. The aim of this article is to examine the approach to innovativeness and competitive aggressiveness between males and females in the segment of small and medium-sized enterprises. Based on the results of the questionnaire which was conducted in May 2015 in the Czech Republic we tried to test four hypotheses on the relationship between the gender of entrepreneurs of SMEs and their attitude to innovativeness and competitive aggressiveness. The results of our research have pointed out some differences between genders. Men-entrepreneurs who do business in the segment of SMEs in the Czech Republic are slightly more innovative and are significantly more aggressive in regard to competitors than women, as they apply aggressive approach and their companies are perceived as aggressive.

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Small And Medium-Sized Enterprises, Gender, Innovativeness, Competitive Aggressiveness.
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Authors

Premysl Bartos
Department of Enterprise Economics, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Mostni 5139, 760 01 Zlin, Czech Republic
Aleksandr Kljucnikov
Department of Managerial Economics, University of Business and Law, Michalkovicka 1810/181, 710 00 Ostrava, Czech Republic
Popesko Boris
Department of Enterprise Economics, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Mostní 5139, 760 01 Zlin, Czech Republic
Jiri Machacek
Department of Regional Development, Public Sector Administration and Law, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Mostní 5139, 760 01 Zlin, Czech Republic

Abstract


SMEs make a major contribution to the growth and employment in the EU. In today's fierce competition in the market economic activities the SMEs had gradually developed into a major force for national economic and social development in every country of world. The aim of this article is to examine the approach to innovativeness and competitive aggressiveness between males and females in the segment of small and medium-sized enterprises. Based on the results of the questionnaire which was conducted in May 2015 in the Czech Republic we tried to test four hypotheses on the relationship between the gender of entrepreneurs of SMEs and their attitude to innovativeness and competitive aggressiveness. The results of our research have pointed out some differences between genders. Men-entrepreneurs who do business in the segment of SMEs in the Czech Republic are slightly more innovative and are significantly more aggressive in regard to competitors than women, as they apply aggressive approach and their companies are perceived as aggressive.

Keywords


Small And Medium-Sized Enterprises, Gender, Innovativeness, Competitive Aggressiveness.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.15759/ijek%2F2015%2Fv3i2%2F85646