College of Science and Health Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

Spring 6-14-2019

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Alice Stuhlmacher, PhD

Second Advisor

Suzanne Bell, PhD

Third Advisor

Bernadette Sanchez, PhD


The appeal and interest in entrepreneurship as a viable career alternative has grown significantly in recent years. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the total number of U.S. firms has increased by 2%, from 27.1 million in 2007 to 27.6 million in 2012 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2016). Further, the number of minority-owned firms in the U.S. has risen from 5.8 million in 2007 to 8.0 million in 2012. One perspective for the recent rise in entrepreneurship is that individuals may turn to self-employment to gain greater autonomy in how they manage the boundaries between their work and family lives. Boundary management is defined as the strategy an individual uses to delineate and adjust the boundaries between their work and family roles (Kossek, Ruderman, Braddy, & Hannum, 2012). However, few studies have examined the boundary management styles and experiences of work-family balance among minority entrepreneurs. Therefore, the goal of this study was to examine the linkage between boundary management preferences on several work and family outcomes. Data were collected data from 126 Black entrepreneurs. Cluster analysis indicated that these entrepreneurs grouped into five distinct boundary management profiles, with significant differences between profiles on work family balance effectiveness and career satisfaction.

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