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Barriers faced by MSEs: evidence from Mozambique

Nirza Dinhucha Gonçalves Fumo (Business Administration Department, University of Sao Paulo Business School, Ribeirao Preto (USP‐FEA‐RP), Brazil)
Charbel Jose Chiappetta Jabbour (Business Administration Department, University of Sao Paulo Business School, Ribeirao Preto (USP‐FEA‐RP), Brazil)

Industrial Management & Data Systems

ISSN: 0263-5577

Article publication date: 28 June 2011

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this research is to shed light on the main barriers faced by Mozambican micro and small enterprises (MSEs) and their implications in respect to the support policies available for these enterprises.

Design/methodology/approach

A literature review was made on those barriers faced by the MSEs and on the policies and governmental instruments of assistance available for MSEs. Then, a two‐step research was conducted. The first phase consisted of collecting data from 21 MSEs in Mozambique, mainly by means of interviews where the main barriers faced by those interviewed were identified and hence, this led to the second phase, which was interviewing governmental/support entities in order to know what they had done to minimize those barriers which had been identified by the entrepreneurs.

Findings

The results show that financial and competitive barriers are the main barriers faced by the analyzed MSEs. These barriers vary according to the field of activity of the enterprises.

Originality/value

This study serves to enrich the state of the art on the subject of smaller enterprises in Africa and will specially help to fill the lack of academic research available about Mozambique.

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Citation

Dinhucha Gonçalves Fumo, N. and Jose Chiappetta Jabbour, C. (2011), "Barriers faced by MSEs: evidence from Mozambique", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 111 No. 6, pp. 849-868. https://doi.org/10.1108/02635571111144946

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2011, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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