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Publication date: 2 January 2024

Kasimu Sendawula, Shamirah Najjinda, Marion Nanyanzi, Saadat Nakyejwe Lubowa Kimuli and Ahmad Walugembe

The purpose of this study is to explore how the personal traits of the informal entrepreneurs influence their formalization decisions.

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to explore how the personal traits of the informal entrepreneurs influence their formalization decisions.

Design/methodology/approach

This study adopted a qualitative approach using a multicase design in which 28 informal entrepreneurs situated in Kampala district, Uganda, were engaged. An interview guide, recorders and note books were used in data collection.

Findings

The results indicate that the traits of informal and semiformal entrepreneurs are distinct. Informal entrepreneurs have been noted to be more courageous and resilient, while their semiformal counterparts have greater passion for their businesses. It is thus observed that the formalization prospects are higher for the semiformal entrepreneurs than for their informal counterparts. Entrepreneurs that would be willing to formalize their businesses are discouraged by distance, technology and the cost of involving middlemen. Whereas the resilient entrepreneurs are noted to work through these challenges, the passive ones in both the informal and semiformal categories will not formalize their businesses by giving such excuses.

Originality/value

This study contributes to the extant literature on informal entrepreneurship by providing initial empirical evidence on how the personal traits of the entrepreneurs influence their formalization decisions specifically.

Details

New England Journal of Entrepreneurship, vol. ahead-of-print no. ahead-of-print
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2574-8904

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Open Access
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Publication date: 29 June 2023

Shamirah Najjinda, Kasimu Sendawula, Samson Omuudu Otengei, Ahmad Walugembe and Saadat Nakyejwe Lubowa Kimuli

The purpose of this study is to establish whether dynamic capabilities mediates the association between social capital and sustainable growth of full-service restaurants in…

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to establish whether dynamic capabilities mediates the association between social capital and sustainable growth of full-service restaurants in Kampala, Uganda.

Design/methodology/approach

This study is cross-sectional and correlational in nature. A self-administered questionnaire was used to gather data from 154 full-service restaurants in Kampala. Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS.25) and Medgraph – Excel Version were used to conduct correlation, hierarchical regression and mediation analysis on the data in order to establish the mediating role of dynamic capabilities.

Findings

Study findings revealed that first, social capital and dynamic capabilities significantly predict sustainable growth of full-service restaurants, second, social capital is significantly associated with dynamic capabilities and third, dynamic capabilities significantly mediate social capital and sustainable growth of full-service restaurants.

Originality/value

The study confirmed that dynamic capabilities significantly mediate social capital and sustainable growth of full-service restaurants unlike the previous studies that focused on the direct association between the study variables in explicating sustainable growth.

Details

Journal of Work-Applied Management, vol. 15 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2205-2062

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Article
Publication date: 29 November 2019

Abbey Mutumba, Mohammad Ngoma, John C. Munene and Joseph Mpeera Ntayi

The purpose of this paper is to establish the mediation effects of public–private–partnership (PPP) on the association between complementary entrepreneurial networking and the…

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to establish the mediation effects of public–private–partnership (PPP) on the association between complementary entrepreneurial networking and the entrepreneurial ecosystem quality for sustainable franchising.

Design/methodology/approach

A structured questionnaire was used to collect this study’s qualitative data from a study population of sub-franchisor organizations in Uganda. Statistical techniques were used to analyze the data.

Findings

Part of the authorized distributors’ mutually beneficial networking is directly connected to multi-actor networks that continuously simplify their local access to affordable franchise financing, mentors and supportive leaders. Also, the same association is mediated through PPP supported franchise-business information and widely appealing awards to be won.

Research limitations/implications

One of the areas for further study is a related study on the moderating effects of the PPP support in another developing country, which is clarified in this study.

Originality/value

The complexity theory has provided an explanation of the entrepreneurial ecosystem quality for sustainable franchising across the rural and urban markets in an African country.

Details

World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, vol. 16 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2042-5961

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Article
Publication date: 2 November 2020

Laila Al-Omairi, Hosam Al-Samarraie, Ahmed Ibrahim Alzahrani and Nasser Alalwan

In any developing country, the critical benefits for ensuring proper utilization of e-government learning services have basically emerged from the integration of underlying…

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Purpose

In any developing country, the critical benefits for ensuring proper utilization of e-government learning services have basically emerged from the integration of underlying processes – not only across different levels of government but also across different functions and agencies. The literature showed a notable lack of research to underline the limited use of e-government learning services in a university setting. Therefore, this study was conducted to examine students' intention to adopt e-government learning services in a developing country. Precisely, the existent to which reputation, social influence, information quality and system quality of e-government learning services would influence students' trust, perceived usefulness and perceived learning values was investigated.

Design/methodology/approach

The effect from these variables on students' intention to use e-government learning services was also investigated. A total of 406 questionnaires were collected and analyzed using partial least squares (PLS) modeling.

Findings

The results showed varying relationships between the study's variables. It is anticipated that understanding these relationships can predict future learning trends of e-government learning services use among university students, thus helping decision makers plan ahead, prioritize tasks and make better decisions.

Originality/value

Knowledge about students' intention to use e-government learning services is even useful for the implementation of other services by higher education institutions. This study also offers some implications for practitioners and researchers concerned about the application of e-government in students' learning development.

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