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Social media perceptions, readiness and usage in fostering sustainable growth of micro and small enterprises in Uganda

Kasimu Sendawula (Department of Marketing and Management, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda)
Saadat Nakyejwe Lubowa Kimuli (Department of Entrepreneurship, Makerere University Business School, Kampala, Uganda)
Peter Turyakira (Department of Marketing and Management, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda)
Grace Kibanja (School of Psychology, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda)

African Journal of Economic and Management Studies

ISSN: 2040-0705

Article publication date: 15 April 2022

Issue publication date: 11 October 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to investigate the influence of social media, perception, readiness and usage on sustainable growth of micro and small enterprises (MSEs) in Uganda.

Design/methodology/approach

This study is cross-sectional and adopted a mixed method approach. Data was gathered through a questionnaire survey of 212 business owner–managers that are members of the Uganda Small Scale Industries Association (USSIA) and engaging 8 business managers in the in-depth interviews to support and strengthen the quantitative results. Data analysis was done using statistical package for social sciences (SPSS.24) and Atlas ti.8.

Findings

The study reveals that social media perception, readiness and usage positively influence sustainable growth of MSEs in Uganda. However, the insufficient soft and technical skills, lack of devices such as computers and smartphones and the high cost of Internet data undermine the usage of social media by business owner–managers for sustainable growth of their businesses.

Practical implications

The findings demonstrate what policymakers, social media operators and business owner–managers need to do to enhance integration of social media platforms and channels into the operations of MSEs in Uganda.

Originality/value

This study adds to existing literature on social media technology in MSEs with evidence from Uganda. The study results are likely to foster usage of social media as policymakers and social media providers will come up with appropriate strategies to unlock the social media potential of the business owner–managers for sustainable business growth in Uganda.

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Acknowledgements

The authors are grateful to the management of Makerere University Research and Innovation Fund and the Ugandan government for supporting a study from which this paper was derived. The authors also express gratitude to the anonymous reviewers.

Citation

Sendawula, K., Kimuli, S.N.L., Turyakira, P. and Kibanja, G. (2022), "Social media perceptions, readiness and usage in fostering sustainable growth of micro and small enterprises in Uganda", African Journal of Economic and Management Studies, Vol. 13 No. 4, pp. 598-613. https://doi.org/10.1108/AJEMS-08-2021-0378

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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