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Entrepreneurial growth intention and capability approach in agriculture: lesson from Sri Lanka

Vilani Sachitra (Department of Commerce, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka)
Chandra Padmini (Research Division, Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy, Colombo, Sri Lanka)

South Asian Journal of Business Studies

ISSN: 2398-628X

Article publication date: 24 August 2020

Issue publication date: 27 April 2021




It is imperative to offer a new perspective of Entrepreneurial Growth Intention (EGI) that draws directly upon the capability approach. The aim of this study is to investigate the role of capabilities in the context of EGI in the floriculture industry in Sri Lanka.


The study was exploratory and is mainly qualitative in nature. In-depth interviews were carried out with the owners of farms who possess experience in floriculture commercial cultivation in Sri Lanka.


The results emerged that there are different perspectives among farm owners regarding EGI. Drawing attention on the stories of our participants and making a three-phase analysis, we identified 31 key actions denoted by the farm owners. This work then suggests that the seven capabilities might be fruitfully framed around EGI.

Research limitations/implications

As the results stress the role of capabilities in the formation of an entrepreneur's growth intention is vital. Therefore, more targeted measures should be drawn to build fair and supportive facilities to obtain advanced knowledge, to familiarise with the emergence of technology and to attain professional services specifically in financial literacy.


The question of what factors influence EGI at the farm level is still largely unexplored as less is known about the effect of capabilities on EGI. The study expands the current debates on EGI and institutional environment, which allows the mapping out of capability development.



Sachitra, V. and Padmini, C. (2021), "Entrepreneurial growth intention and capability approach in agriculture: lesson from Sri Lanka", South Asian Journal of Business Studies, Vol. 10 No. 2, pp. 171-191.



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