Enhancing the performance of women-owned Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries – A study of Zambia

Bernadette Mandawa, Nitin Sanghavi, Claudio De Mattos

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Abstract

In this paper we develop a conceptual model of factors which influence performance in womenowned SMEs in developing countries. The model development is based on a thorough review of the literature and an exploratory qualitative study. The context of the qualitative study is women-owned SMEs in Zambia. The conceptual model is developed based on the generally agreed determinants of SME performance including the entrepreneur’s personal characteristics, entrepreneurial orientation, entrepreneurial competencies and factors in the firm’s internal and external business environments. Our findings indicate that Zambian women entrepreneurs show high entrepreneurial orientation, possess the entrepreneurial competencies reported in the literature and have high levels of human capital. The major challenges found include intense
competition and structural barriers like access to financial capital.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe British Academy of Management Conference (BAM2014)
Subtitle of host publicationThe Role of the Business School in Supporting Economic and Social Development
PublisherBAM
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventBritish Academy of Management Annual Conference 2014: The Role of the Business School in Supporting Economic and Social Development - Belfast Waterfront, Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Sep 201411 Sep 2014
https://www.bam.ac.uk/civicrm/event/info?id=1971&reset=1&utm_source=conference-alerts-web&utm_medium=online-advert&utm_campaign=bam2014 (Link to Conference Information)

Conference

ConferenceBritish Academy of Management Annual Conference 2014
Abbreviated titleBAM2014
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBelfast
Period9/09/1411/09/14
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