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Small business formation: The case of Mauritian entrepreneurs

Gungaphul, Mridula and Kassean, Hemant (2010) Small business formation: The case of Mauritian entrepreneurs. In: Third International Conference on International Studies (ICIS 2010), 1-2 December 2010, Istana Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

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The last decade or so has seen renewed interest on the part of policy makers from successive governments in Mauritius, a small island state. They have constantly emphasized the importance to the economy, of the set up and development of small businesses. This policy interest in broad terms underpins the potential of small businesses to the economic and social development of the nation. However, many entrepreneurs or would-be entrepreneurs report that they encounter several problems in the initial stages of launching their businesses. Therefore, there is a need to understand why people set up their businesses and in parallel identify the main problems that they face especially at start up. Thus, the aims of this study are to examine the reasons behind small business formation and the difficulties faced by entrepreneurs in the initial stages of business formation. A qualitative approach of data collection has been conducted with fifteen entrepreneurs. The findings are expected to help policy makers as a basis for devising appropriate support programmes to facilitate and encourage more people in Mauritius to start-up their own businesses and by so doing achieve the vision of the government to have more business start-ups in Mauritius. The study is also expected to add to the literature on small businesses in the field of small business formation in developing countries.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Jointly organised by Ministry of Higher Education, UUM College of Law, Government & International Studies (UUM COLGIS) and Association of International Studies Malaysia (AIS)
Uncontrolled Keywords: small businesses, start-ups, entrepreneurs, Mauritius
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: College of Law, Government and International Studies
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2011 08:22
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2012 09:07

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