Supporting entrepreneurial business success at the base of pyramid through entrepreneurial competencies

Syed Abidur Rahman, Azlan Amran, Noor Hazlina Ahmad, Seyedeh Khadijeh Taghizadeh

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Purpose – Large private organisations (LPOs) creating entrepreneurship opportunities for people at the base of the economic pyramid (BoP) is a thought-provoking issue for researchers. The main purpose of this paper is to empirically explore the influence of support from LPOs on entrepreneurship business success among the BoP segment through entrepreneurial competencies. 

Design/methodology/approach – The paper follows a quantitative research approach. Data were collected from a sample of 134 BoP entrepreneurs in Bangladesh using a structured survey instrument. Partial least square has been employed as a statistical technique to analyse the data. 

Findings – The influence of support provided by LPOs, in terms of technical and training, increased entrepreneurial competencies among the BoP entrepreneurs. Further, entrepreneurial competencies contribute to the proliferation of the BoP entrepreneurship business success and play a mediating role to achieve business success as long as technical and training supports are provided. 

Practical implications – It is expected that business organisations can embrace this framework as a business model and contribute to the social initiatives. 

Originality/value – This paper invokes research on the entrepreneurship domain particularly focusing on the BoP segment of the society. The significant relationship between support of LPOs and success of small-scale entrepreneurship business can be viewed as a novel contribution in BoP domain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1203-1223
Number of pages21
JournalManagement Decision
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2015
Externally publishedYes


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