Women in Business Tip: Business Partnerships With Men Often Don’t Benefit Women

June 25, 2014 Rieva Lesonsky

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Thinking of starting a business with your hubby or a male business partner? According to a new study by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Kauffman Foundation, it might be a better idea to go it on your own. Why the disconnect? Basically, lingering gender inequality in the workplace means that in business partnerships, male partners are often seen as the leader by employees, even if the woman has an equal or more powerful role. Gender roles in the home tend to carry over into business partnerships, especially in the startup stages of a business. To limit problems, researchers found it helpful to create a formal organization chart with clearly defined roles and tasks. Then when an issue comes up, the male and female team know who is in charge of resolving the issue.

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Rieva Lesonsky

Rieva Lesonsky

Rieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media and custom content company focusing on small business and entrepreneurship. Email Rieva at rieva@smallbizdaily.com, follow her on Google+ and Twitter.com/Rieva, and visit her website, SmallBizDaily.com, to get the scoop on business trends and sign up for Rieva’s free TrendCast reports.

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