|Type||Journal Article - Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development|
|Title||Performance of microenterprises in Ghana: a resource-based view|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to assess the financial performance of microenterprises in Ghana by applying the resource-based theory of the firm. Specifically, it is tested that if firm-specific resources dominate sector and market-wide effects in explaining microenterprise performance, as suggested by the resource-based theory.
Design/methodology/approach – The relevant literature for both microenterprise performance and the resource-based theory is reviewed. Data from the 1998/1999 Ghana Living Standards Survey are analysed using ordinary least squares, followed by robustness checks.
Findings – Factors embodied in firm-specific resources jointly impact enterprise performance. However, sector/market factors also play a role, suggesting that the interaction between microenterprise, sector, and market factors helps explain enterprise performance.
Research limitations/implications – All the constructs of the resource-based theory cannot be tested due to data limitations.
Originality/value – Small enterprises play a key role in promoting developing country growth, but no study has evaluated microenterprise performance using this particular data set and the resource-based theory of the firm. Future research should focus on collecting data to further validate this theory
|»||Ghana - Living Standards Survey IV 1998-1999|