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Effect of institutional support and entrepreneurial knowledge on women’s entrepreneurial self-efficacy and venture performance in a developing country

Nadia A. Abdelmegeed Abdelwahed (Department of Business Administration, College of Business Management, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia)
Bahadur Ali Soomro (Centre of Excellence for Social Innovation and Sustainability (CoESIS), Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Kangar, Malaysia)
Naimatullah Shah (College of Business Administration, Al Yamamah University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
Ummi Naiemah Saraih (Faculty of Business and Communication and Centre of Excellence for Social Innovation and Sustainability (CoESIS), Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Kangar, Malaysia)

International Journal of Innovation Science

ISSN: 1757-2223

Article publication date: 2 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

Women’s entrepreneurship has become an essential movement in developing economies and is accepted in all working areas. This study aims to propose the effect of institutional support (IS) and entrepreneurial knowledge (ENK) on women’s entrepreneurial self-efficacy (WESE) and venture performance (VP) in a developing country, namely, Pakistan.

Design/methodology/approach

The constructive theoretical framework comprises of an extensive review of current literature. In this study, the researchers used a deductive approach that used cross-sectional data collected through women entrepreneurs completing a questionnaire. Consequently, this study comprised 324 usable samples.

Findings

The structural equation model reveals that formal institutional support (FIS), informal institutional support (IFIS) and ENK have a positive and significant effect on WESE that is concerned with the VP. Finally, WESE is a potent construct that mediates the association between FIS, IFIS, ENK and VP.

Practical implications

This study’s findings provide policymakers and government with guidance so that, by providing entrepreneurship and technical courses to develop more entrepreneurial self-efficacy, they focus more on women’s entrepreneurship. Ultimately, this improves VP. Finally, this study’s findings would provide guidelines for allocating financial assistance or funds for women. By using these funds, they can start their businesses to tackle miserable conditions, i.e. poverty and unemployment.

Originality/value

This study’s findings help to support the creation of self-employment opportunities and starting a business to improve well-being and socioeconomic conditions.

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Citation

Abdelwahed, N.A.A., Soomro, B.A., Shah, N. and Saraih, U.N. (2022), "Effect of institutional support and entrepreneurial knowledge on women’s entrepreneurial self-efficacy and venture performance in a developing country", International Journal of Innovation Science, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJIS-12-2021-0218

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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