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DETERMINANTS OF PERFORMANCE OF GOVERNMENT FUNDED WOMEN OWNED SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES IN NAIROBI COUNTY, KENYA

 

 

Tabitha Wangari Chiera

College of Human Resource and Development, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

P. O. Box 62000, 00200 Nairobi, Kenya

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Dr. Allan Kihara

College of Human Resource and Development, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

P. O. Box 62000, 00200 Nairobi, Kenya

 

 

CITATION: Chiera, T., W. & Kihara, A. (2018). Determinants of Performance of Government Funded Women Owned Small and Medium Enterprises in Nairobi County, Kenya. International Journal of Arts and Entrepreneurship. Vol. 7 (5) pp 67 – 84.

ABSTRACT

 

SMEs are facing tremendous competitive challenges and threats to survive despite being at the center stage in the economic development of many countries. Studies indicate that three out of five fail within the first few months of operation and over 60% fail each year while most do not survive to their third anniversary. This study hence sought to establish the determinants of performance of government funded women owned small and medium enterprises in Nairobi County. Specifically, it focused on the influence of training, pro-activeness, risk-taking and innovativeness on performance of government funded women owned SMEs. The study target population included 558 government funded women owned SMEs in Nairobi County according to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics report on Nairobi County. From which 233 were samples. Both primary and secondary data were collected and used for analysis in the study. Descriptive statistics such as, mean and frequencies and inferential statistics (regression and correlation analysis) were used to perform data analysis. A multiple linear regression analysis model was used to test the hypotheses and link the variables. The findings of the study revealed that the four independent variables of training, pro-activeness, risk-taking and innovativeness positively and significantly influenced the performance of government funded women owned SMEs in Nairobi County. The study recommends that in order for the government funded women owned SMEs in Nairobi County to improve their performance, there is need to focus on key training indicators including receiving training on how to financially manage the business, receiving training on problem-solving skills, training on interpersonal/communication skills, having access to training on effective customer management skills, access to training on effective marketing skills.

 

 

Key Words: Training, Pro-activeness, Risk-taking, Innovativeness, Performance of government funded women owned SMEs

 

 

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