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Influence of self-motivation and intrinsic motivational factors for small and medium business growth: A South African case study

Thandukwazi R. Ncube, Robert W.D. Zondo
South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences | Vol 21, No 1 | a1994 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajems.v21i1.1994 | © 2018 Thandukwazi R. Ncube, Robert W.D. Zondo | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 June 2017 | Published: 29 May 2018

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Thandukwazi R. Ncube, Department of Entrepreneurial Studies and Management, Faculty of Management Sciences, Durban University of Technology, South Africa
Robert W.D. Zondo, Department of Entrepreneurial Studies and Management, Faculty of Management Sciences, Durban University of Technology, South Africa


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Abstract

Background: This study investigates the influence of intrinsic motivational factors for small and medium enterprise (SME) growth in the eThekwini District Municipality in South Africa (SA).

 

Aim: It examines whether self-motivation of business owners operating in the furniture manufacturing sector has an influence on SME growth.

 

Setting: Of the 127 SMEs operating in the eThekwini District Municipality, 112 participated in the study representing 88% of the target population.

 

Methods: Descriptive, chi-square and correlative analyses were used to test the two objectives. That is, to determine the influence of self-motivation of business owners for SME growth, as well as to establish the intrinsic motivational factors that stimulate creativity for SME growth.

 

Results: The study revealed that the intrinsic motivational factors of business owners do influence SME growth in SA. These factors include exerting effort for business growth interest, finding new solutions to business problems to achieve growth, growing business for recognition, belief to produce the desired outcomes, taking responsibilities for business expansion, the need for advancement, and growth aspiration that enables the business owner to take risks in order to grow the business.

 

Conclusion: The outcome is that a self-motivated business owner has the ability to grow the business. The study provides valuable data relating to intrinsic motivational factors. Such factors are the enablers of creativity and business growth. It provides initial baseline data upon which to base future work.


Keywords

business growth; self-motivation; SMEs; intrinsic motivational factors

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