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|Title: ||Determinants of response of street food entrepreneurs in Ghana to business management training|
|Authors: ||Aidoo, Robert|
Mensah, James Osei
Yankyera, Kwasi Ohene
Business management training
, Micro and small enterprises,
Street food entrepreneurs
|Issue Date: ||25-Jul-2017|
|Publisher: ||Emerald Insight|
|Citation: ||Emerald Insight|
|Abstract: ||Purpose – Considering the fact that business management training has the potential to improve performance
of micro and small enterprises, it is surprising why participation rates in most freely offered management
training courses remain low. The purpose of this paper is to explore factors that determine an invitee’s decision
to participate in a capacity building management training for street food entrepreneurs in Ghana.
Design/methodology/approach – Using data from a baseline survey, the study invited 314 street food
entrepreneurs, selected through a stratified random technique from a list of 516 eligible food entrepreneurs.
Training participants were invited to the programme through official invitation letters which were
hand-delivered. Data on reasons for non-participation were collected either through phone interviews or
on-site visit when a vendor could not be reached on phone. Descriptive statistics were used to summarise
characteristics of vendors and businesses as well as reasons for non-participation while probit model was
used to estimate determinants of participation.
Findings – The study found that whereas vendors with higher formal education better appreciate the
benefits of education and training, their counterparts with fewer years of schooling do not. The latter’s
perceived knowledge deficiencies appear to explain the difference in participation rates. Also, total workforce
does not necessarily increase the probability of participation, especially when there are no trusted workers in
the business who will take over critical activities such as handling of finances in the absence of the owner.
The study also found that distance between vending premises and training centres had significant negative
effects on vendors’ participation in the training programme.
Research limitations/implications – The external validity of the study findings and conclusions may
not be limited to all informal sectors of the developing economies due to high degree of heterogeneity of the
Originality/value – The study focusses on an informal sector in developing country dominated by women.
The study focusses on understanding informal entrepreneurs’ response to formal training.|
|Description: ||An article published by Emerald insight|
|Appears in Collections:||College of Agric and Natural Resources|
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