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dc.contributor.author Nghishekwa, Tomas Nghinauundishi
dc.date.accessioned 2020-08-23T16:23:31Z
dc.date.available 2020-08-23T16:23:31Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11070/2835
dc.description A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Business Administration (Management Strategy) en_US
dc.description.abstract Despite the existence of many SMEs, there are several factors that limit SMEs from accessing business advisory services. In Namibia, the problem facing SMEs in accessing advisory services is not different from other countries. This study sought to investigate the factors affecting SMEs’ access to business advisory services at the Windhoek Incubator Centre. A mixed research method was used for this study. Using Slovene’s formula, a sample of 38 businesses was drawn from the population of 43 SMEs in the Windhoek Incubator Centre. The sample for the study was drawn using stratified random sampling. Data was collected through questionnaires administered to get information from SMEs as well as interviews with the consultants that provide advisory services. The findings indicated that 50% of the respondents chose advisory services as a catalyst for business growth. On the other hand, 29% of the respondents considered finance as an important mentorship programme for SMEs as it can assist one to cover costs for the operation and maintenance of the customer base. Marketing and Trade Fair participation also accounted for 13% and 8% respectively. The SMEs in the Windhoek incubator Centre need support from the City of Windhoek, government and private institutions with regards to Rental Fees, Financing, advisory services and technical advice. This study recommends that sophisticated SME owners who are aware of the benefits of compensating for their own inadequate knowledge or skills should utilise a Business advisory Services provider and the owners of the Consultancies should lower the cost of services, so as to increase SMEs’ access to these services. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Namibia en_US
dc.subject Small medium enterprises en_US
dc.subject Advisory services en_US
dc.title An investigation into the factors that limit SME's access to business advisory services: A case study of the Windhoek Incubator Centre en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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