Women directors and exporting activity: The moderating role of network advice


  • Bochra Idris Aston Business School, Aston University
  • George Saridakis Kent Business School, University of Kent




We use data from Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the UK to examine the link between the presence of women directors and exporting activity. To do this, we build on resource-based view (RBV) and resource dependence theory (RDT) and show that SMEs with women on the board of directors are less likely to be involved in exporting activity compared to SMEs without women directors. Nevertheless, this negative relationship is moderated by seeking network advice, which can be explained through the social network theory (SNT).

Author Biographies

Bochra Idris, Aston Business School, Aston University

Economic, Finance, and Entrepreneurship

Lecturer in Entrepreneurship 

George Saridakis, Kent Business School, University of Kent

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Small Business


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How to Cite

Idris, B., & Saridakis, G. (2020). Women directors and exporting activity: The moderating role of network advice. Economics and Business Letters, 9(2), 106–113. https://doi.org/10.17811/ebl.9.2.2020.106-113