NOTEBOOK – One Good Read: Do women-only networking groups harm female entrepreneurship?
New research from the University of Edinburgh suggests that women who aren’t finding benefits from networking may not benefit from a women-only networking group. “The study analyzes the networks of a few thousand entrepreneurs, and comes to the rather depressing finding that decision makers appear to prefer male contacts when they’re making a third-party referral, especially in sectors that are dominated by men,” Forbes reports. “The research challenges the notion that if women aren’t getting value from networking, it’s because they aren’t doing it properly or are in bad networks. Instead, it suggests that there are fundamental biases at play that limit the potential of networking for female entrepreneurs.”