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dc.contributor.advisorDavis, Robert
dc.contributor.advisorBhat, Ravi
dc.contributor.authorXaythanith, Kalakate
dc.date.accessioned2012-10-03T20:38:12Z
dc.date.available2012-10-03T20:38:12Z
dc.date.issued2012en_NZ
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10652/2011
dc.description.abstractThe aim of this study is to explore and conceptualise the entrepreneurial behaviour and entrepreneurial capacity building (ECB) of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the least-developed countries (LDCs). The case site for this study is Laos. This country was chosen because of its unique political and cultural aspects. In essence, most SMEs in Laos are called “family economies” (Set Tha Kid Khop Khoua). It is proposed that these SMEs may exhibit unique approaches to entrepreneurial behaviour and ECB. The research question is ‘How do we conceptualise the entrepreneurial capacity building of SMEs in the least-developed countries (LDCs), particularly in Laos?’ This research project employed in-depth interviews using grounded theory and thematic coding as the mode of analysis. Eleven respondents were interviewed in Laos including SME entrepreneurs, regardless of business industries and policy makers from government agencies concerned and other international organisations. It was found that there are three significant themes that define entrepreneurial behaviour and capacity development in Laos: new initiatives, efficiency of government policy and ECB value. At the same time, key challenges that prevent SMEs in Laos from having access to effective entrepreneurial development are identified, including financial resources, information resources, low awareness of ECB and low ECB qualifications. The research findings suggest that strategic conceptualisation for an effective ECB framework should be formulated, based on the local context of SMEs. It should act as a guideline to facilitate SME access to finance and become a mechanism for implementing a government policy of SME promotion and development. It should also be the basis for the promotion and development of entrepreneurial education. The research question is ‘How do we conceptualise the entrepreneurial capacity building of SMEs in the least-developed countries (LDCs), particularly in Laos?’ This research project employed in-depth interviews using grounded theory and thematic coding as the mode of analysis. Eleven respondents were interviewed in Laos including SME entrepreneurs, regarless of business industries and policy makers from government agencies concerned and other international organisations. It was found that there are three significant themes that define entrepreneurial behaviour and capacity development in Laos: new initiatives, efficiency of government policy and ECB value. At the same time, key challenges that prevent SMEs in Laos from having access to effective entrepreneurial development are identified, including financial resources, information resources, low awareness of ECB and low ECB qualifications. The research findings suggest that strategic conceptualisation for an effective ECB framework should be formulated, based on the local context of SMEs. It should act as a guideline to facilitate SME access to finance and become a mechanism for implementing a government policy of SME promotion and development. It should also be the basis for the promotion and development of entrepreneurial education.en_NZ
dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.subjectLao businessen_NZ
dc.subjectfamily businessesen_NZ
dc.subjectsmall and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)en_NZ
dc.subjectentrepreneurial behaviouren_NZ
dc.subjectLao PDRen_NZ
dc.subjectentrepreneurial capacityen_NZ
dc.titleHow do we conceptualise the entrepreneurial capacity building (ECB) of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMES) in the least-developed countries (LDCS), particularly in Laos?en_NZ
dc.typeMasters Thesisen_NZ
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Businessen_NZ
thesis.degree.grantorUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden150304 Entrepreneurshipen_NZ
unitec.pages186en_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ


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