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Boris Urban
University of the Witwatersrand
Emerging marketsEconomicsMarketingEntrepreneurial orientationEntrepreneurship
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#1Boris Urban (University of the Witwatersrand)H-Index: 15
#2S. Gamata (University of the Witwatersrand)
Academic entrepreneurship has gained popularity in recent decades as an important feature in the movement towards a knowledge society. Research shows that the organisational context can facilitate or impede academic entrepreneurship. However academics are often faced with a weak set of institutional and organisational factors which inhibit the commercialisation and technology innovation process. This article builds in the direction of this emerging stream of research and empirically investigates...
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Past studies report that idiosyncrasies in the institutional arrangements of emerging economies contrast with those of developed market economies. The paper empirically examines the influence of the regulatory, normative and cognitive institutional environments on enterprise employment growth in South Africa (SA). Rather than merely testing the institutional and enterprise growth link, a more nuanced approach is adopted to show how the different institutional dimensions interact with experience ...
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#2Brian Ndou (University of the Witwatersrand)
The informal sector is increasingly recognized in terms of its entrepreneurial potential. However there is a general lack of empirical research on small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) effectiveness in the informal economy in Africa. Recognizing this research gap, this article investigates entrepreneurial enabling factors in the South African township context to determine their impact on SMME’s performance. Township-based SMMEs in South Africa’s largest province, Gauteng, are surveyed and ...
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Scholars researching entrepreneurship argue that the distinct characteristics of social entrepreneurs, together with the particular category of opportunities they pursue, invite us to further understand social entrepreneurship (SE) as a distinct field of investigation. The purpose of this paper is to investigate opportunity recognition behaviour of social entrepreneurs and closely related unique attributes of empathy, moral judgement (MRJ) and self-efficacy, in an emerging market African context...
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#1Boris Urban (University of the Witwatersrand)H-Index: 15
Orientation: It is widely accepted that the entrepreneurial process has attitudinal and behavioural components, with recent studies indicating that social values (SV) interact with entrepreneurial beliefs and competencies to significantly influence the innovation performance (INNP) of enterprises. Research purpose: By relying on the prescripts of social cognitive theory (SCT), this study empirically investigated to what extent SV moderate the relationship between entrepreneurial alertness (EA) a...
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Considering the increasing importance of the “third mission” to universities, several scholars recognise that academic entrepreneurship is required for successful commercialisation of research and venture start-ups. While several universities in South Africa have embarked on establishing technology transfer offices, the potential effect of academic entrepreneurship has yet to be realised. This study aims to provide insights into how an individual’s entrepreneurial alertness shapes their attitude...
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