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Teaching business skills to women : Impact of business training on women’s microenterprise owners in Vietnam

Peter Raven (Department of Marketing, Seattle University, Seattle, Washington, United States)
Quan V. Le (Department of Economics, Seattle University, Seattle, Washington, United States)

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research

ISSN: 1355-2554

Article publication date: 1 June 2015

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Abstract

Purpose

There is currently a debate between NGOs and academia on the effectiveness of training microcredit recipients. One side suggests that merely supplying credit will stimulate entrepreneurial business. The other side proposes that training microcredit recipients in business skills will improve business performance and probably have other important effects. This study was undertaken with the cooperation Vietnam Women’s Union and PeaceTrees Vietnam. The purpose of this paper is to examine the effects of business training programmes for women microcredit recipients in rural areas of Vietnam.

Design/methodology/approach

Using a questionnaire administered to 120 women business owners in several communes in Quang Tri Province, data were collected in 2012 on their business training programmes, perceptions of their business performance, motivation, factors for success, and several other indicators.

Findings

The findings suggest that business training can improve microenterprise performance and has a number of other positive results, such as increasing motivation, success, and perceptions of entrepreneurs.

Research limitations/implications

The research is limited by the nature of the sample and sample size. Future research should focus on women entrepreneurs in other parts of Vietnam, other developing countries, and on male entrepreneurs, to help understand differences between regions, countries, and gender.

Originality/value

This paper provides empirical evidence to support the argument that business training is effective in improving the performance of microenterprises.

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Citation

Raven, P. and Le, Q.V. (2015), "Teaching business skills to women : Impact of business training on women’s microenterprise owners in Vietnam", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Vol. 21 No. 4, pp. 622-641. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-06-2014-0099

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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