African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4193

Full Length Research Paper

Who is she? The Turkish Cypriot female entrepreneur

Serife Zihni Eyupoglu* and Tulen Saner
Department of Business Administration, Near East University, Lefkosa 98010, North Cyprus, via Mersin 10, Turkey.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 10 June 2010
  •  Published: 04 August 2011


This study has provided empirical evidence related to the activity of female entrepreneurs in North Cyprus, in particular, concentrating on their personal profile, characteristics of their business, the motivation behind their choice of becoming a business owner, and their measures of business success. The study instrument used to collect primary data from the respondents was a four-part cross-sectional structured qualitative questionnaire personally administered by the authors. A total of 291 female business owners were randomly selected and approached with 176 agreeing to take part in the study, giving a response rate of 61%. Results indicate that the typical Turkish Cypriot female entrepreneur is aged between 35 and 44 years, is married, has 2 children, and is a high-school graduate. She is active in retail trade, and has no prior work experience. Her motivation for engaging in entrepreneurial activity is because of her desire for independence and to earn an income, with profits/sales and growth/expansion being her measures of business success.


Key words: Entrepreneurship, female entrepreneurs, small and medium sized enterprises, North Cyprus.