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Anna Nikina-Externe

DBA Graduate - 2010

Thesis title

the impact of a wife’s role as an entrepreneur on a husband’s role as a leader and provider


Severine Le Loarne

Areas of expertise

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Female enterpreneurship
  • Leadership
Dr. Anna Nikina, Doctor of Business Administration, Executive MBA, Master of International Business. She currently works as Head of Development, International Programs, at Skolkovo Foundation (Technopark Skolkovo) and Innovation Center in Moscow, Russia. For some work-related links, please see and CAREER IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS Based on her 9-year career in international business, she holds previous work experience from Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce in Helsinki, where she has worked for the previous three years as Head of Projects; Nokia and Trainers' House as well as entrepreneurship experience in business development consulting. Anna has successfully worked in development of customer and partner relations, negotiations, project management, public speaking and international relations. ACADEMIC INVOLVEMENT Anna's academic involvement is developed through presenting at international conferences (Barcelona, Chicago, Montreal, New Orleans, Helsinki). Starting from the beginning of 2011, Anna is an Affiliated Professor at Grenoble Ecole de Management, teaching Innovation Management and International Business as well as supervising Master's Theses. AUTHORSHIP Anna has authored several articles on international business and co-authored books on entrepreneurship, the latest of which on female entrepreneurship was published by Pearson Education. In 2012, Anna was awarded a prize for a paper most relevant to entrepreneurs by United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship in the USA.
This doctoral research aims to gain insight into the interconnections between female entrepreneurship and the leader and provider role of the entrepreneur‘s husband, a key stakeholder in her life. This thesis employs psychological contract theory and social exchange theory to obtain new insights into the work–family interface for female entrepreneurs. An extensive literature review identifies roles and stereotypes as key elements in the formation of psychological contracts in a marital relationship. Qualitative research techniques then test the proposed theoretical framework depicting the links between the wife‘s role as an entrepreneur and the husband‘s roles as family leader and provider. The research sample, based in Scandinavia, includes 24 research participants (12 female entrepreneurs and their spouses) from Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. As predicted, the data analysis shows that role identities and stereotypes are central to understanding the impact of the wife‘s entrepreneurship on the husband‘s roles. The findings provide support for propositions related to three main areas of impact on the husband‘s roles: on his work role, on his home and family role, and on as the creation of a new role, namely, supporter of the wife‘s business.