ENTREPRENEURIAL FACTORS INFLUENCING PERFORMANCE OF SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES IN ONGATA RONGAI TOWN, KAJIADO COUNTY, KENYA

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dc.contributor.author BENSON, MBURU THINJI
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-03T07:37:15Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-03T07:37:15Z
dc.date.issued 2018-03-03
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/4464
dc.description Master of Science in Entrepreneurship en_US
dc.description.abstract Development, growth and performance of SMEs is a sign of economic growth in many countries. SMEs contributes to country’s GDP, creates employments, useful in wealth distribution. The performance of SMEs largely depends on characteristic and behavioural factors exhibited by the entrepreneur. The objective of this study was to determine entrepreneurial factors influencing performance of SMEs in Ongata Rongai Town, Kajiado County, Kenya, in particular the study sought to examine the influence of commitment on performance of SMEs, to determine the influence of innovation on performance of SMEs, to find out the influence of independence on performance of SMEs, to establish the influence of experience on performance of SMEs. In this study the target population was 372 licensed SMEs as per register records in Ongata Rongai Sub-County offices, sample frame comprised of list of registered SMEs in Ongata Rongai Sub-County office. The study adopted survey research design method, involving classification of SMEs into primary and secondary clusters followed by multistage samplings. The research instrument used was closed questionnaires, of which its validity and reliability was established at pilot test stage. To collect data, the questionnaire was hand delivered to randomly selected respondents and one week later, there was a follow up for collections. The collected data was checked for errors, completion and coded. SPSS software was used for data analysis, interpretations and generation of statistical information mean, standard deviation and confidence limits. A correlation relationship of SME performance as a function of independent variables was developed. Descriptive statistics was used to summarize the data collected and presented in the form of tables, frequencies and percentages for ease of understanding and interpretations. Correlation analysis was used to analyse the relationships between the performance of SMEs and independent variables. The findings showed entrepreneurial factors commitment, innovation, independence and experience had significant and positively influence on the performance of SMEs. In conclusions commitment and innovation significantly influenced performance of SMEs, while independence had experience had a major influence SMEs performances. The study recommended extensive training and coaching of entrepreneurs on business vision, goal settings, value addition, new market development, risk taking and decision making. Further research was suggested in other entrepreneurial factors influencing SMEs performances. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Prof. Robert Gichira, PhD JKUAT, Kenya en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher JKUAT - COHRED en_US
dc.subject Entrepreneurship en_US
dc.subject Performance of Small and Medium Enterprises en_US
dc.title ENTREPRENEURIAL FACTORS INFLUENCING PERFORMANCE OF SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES IN ONGATA RONGAI TOWN, KAJIADO COUNTY, KENYA en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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