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How do we conceptualise the entrepreneurial capacity building (ECB) of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMES) in the least-developed countries (LDCS), particularly in Laos?

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dc.contributor.advisor Davis, Robert
dc.contributor.advisor Bhat, Ravi
dc.contributor.author Xaythanith, Kalakate
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-03T20:38:12Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-03T20:38:12Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_NZ
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10652/2011
dc.description.abstract The 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.iso en en_NZ
dc.subject Lao business en_NZ
dc.subject Family businesses en_NZ
dc.subject Small and medium-sized enterprises en_NZ
dc.subject Entrepreneurial behaviour en_NZ
dc.subject Laos en_NZ
dc.subject Entrepreneurial capacity en_NZ
dc.title How 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.type Masters Thesis en_NZ
thesis.degree.name Master of Business en_NZ
thesis.degree.grantor Unitec Institute of Technology en_NZ
dc.subject.marsden 150304 Entrepreneurship en_NZ
unitec.pages 186 en_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliation Unitec Institute of Technology en_NZ


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