African entrepreneurs: an analysis of their motivation for starting their own business

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This study analyses the motivation of entrepreneurs for starting a business. More specifically, it aims to identify whether entrepreneurs have common motives for starting their own business, and whether men and women have different reasons for becoming entrepreneurs. A motivation scale and open-ended questions were used to measure motivation on a sample of more than 100 entrepreneurs. The results of a factor analysis indicate that entrepreneurs have various reasons for starting a business, and are primarily motivated by the needs for independence, material incentives and achievement.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbera1514
Pages (from-to)724-743
Number of pages20
JournalSouth African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

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