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Influences of creativity and resource availability in the intelligent career framework: empirical investigation of Nigerian entrepreneurs

Isyaku Salisu (School of Quantitative Sciences, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia)
Aminullah Abdurrasheed Abdullah (Department of Human Resources, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia)
Munir Shehu Mashi (Department of Business Management, Federal University Dutsin-Ma, Dutsin-Ma, Nigeria)
Md. Mahmudul Alam (School of Economics, Finance and Banking, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia)
Norashidah Hashim (School of Business Management, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia)

Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies

ISSN: 2053-4604

Article publication date: 13 September 2021

Issue publication date: 1 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to investigate the influence of creativity and resource availability on career competencies (CC) and career success (CS) of entrepreneurs in Nigeria using the intelligent career framework.

Design/methodology/approach

Data was obtained using answers to questionnaires given to 348 successful entrepreneurs. The data was analysed using non-parametric software (Smart-PLS).

Findings

The results indicate that entrepreneurs who possess “know-why”, “know-how” and “know-whom” can access the required resources and are doing well in their careers. It is suggested that these competencies were significantly related to entrepreneurial CS. Resource availability moderates the relationship of knowing-how, knowing-why competencies and CS, whilst creativity moderates only the link between knowing-whom and entrepreneurial CS.

Research limitations/implications

The results help us to comprehend better the nature of successful entrepreneurial careers and the prominent role of tripartite competencies in achieving a successful career. Also emphasised here is the prominence of a more holistic perspective of these components based on a mix of social, motivational and human capital.

Practical implications

These findings hinted that entrepreneurs should pay uniform consideration in fostering each CC. There are implications for career advisers, practitioners and entrepreneurship programmes.

Originality/value

To the authors’ best knowledge, this is first-of-its-kind research that used primary source data in understanding CC – “knowing-how, knowing-whom and knowing-why” – with entrepreneurs’ CS in Nigeria.

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Citation

Salisu, I., Abdullah, A.A., Mashi, M.S., Alam, M.M. and Hashim, N. (2022), "Influences of creativity and resource availability in the intelligent career framework: empirical investigation of Nigerian entrepreneurs", Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies, Vol. 14 No. 6, pp. 1325-1352. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEEE-03-2021-0117

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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