ZA Women-led Small and Medium Sized Business Owners Invited to Participate in Research on Going Global

A random selection of women-led small to medium sized business owners and managers in South Africa will be invited to take part in a study that will provide valuable insights to inform a forthcoming Paper as well as the academic, and entrepreneur support communities on the process of internationalization among such entities in the context of a developing country.

The Paper is the first in a series that will feature, South Africa as a developing country; it will be followed by a second that is focused on Caribbean consulting businesses in the Diaspora. The Paper on South Africa aims to increase the pool of literature that is available on how and why internationalization takes place in women-led consulting businesses that fall in the category small to medium sized entities (SMEs).

Magate Wildhorse Ltd, and the Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Livelihoods (CoESL) will ensure that stakeholders have a say in framing, planning and conduct of the research. The findings of the research will be shared with a wide cross section of stakeholders and communities.

The study will provide insights into the role of networks and diaspora connections in the internationalization of the entities studied.  In addition, it will present a comparison of the outcomes of born global versus born-again global entities and the factors that triggered the move to serve foreign markets.

The research will be guided by Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans , all data collected will be anonymized and stored in a safe and secure manner.

For more information about the study or the paper please contact lead researcher, Meegan Scott of Magate Wildhorse Ltd, at magatewildhorse@gmail.com or 1(647) 854-5323 or co-author, Dr. Marcia Brandon of Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Livelihoods (CoESL) at mbrandon@coeslye.org.

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