Title: Impacts of socio-cultural practices on family support system for rural women entrepreneurship development in Nigeria: a comparative analysis

Authors: Catherine Abiola Oluwatoyin Akinbami

Addresses: Institute for Entrepreneurship and Development Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria

Abstract: This paper examined existing support system from family members and effects on rural women entrepreneurial activities. It also assessed the effects of cultural practices on support received by rural women entrepreneurs in Southwest and Southeast Nigeria. Concurrent mixed method, involving the use of quantitative and qualitative strands in a single phase was employed. Descriptive and thematic analyses were done through SPSS and Atlas.ti respectively. Findings revealed that some forms of support system exist in both regions but the degree of access differs. Results also showed that socio-cultural practices have great influence on women entrepreneurship development. As a result, most women are unwilling to encourage their children take over current business ventures. Consequently, husbands in particular, are encouraged to de-emphasise cultural norms which hinder business transformation into family businesses for sustainable entrepreneurship growth, sustainable rural family economic empowerment and poverty reduction. This research provides comparative baseline data for further study.

Keywords: entrepreneurship development; support system; sustainable family business; rural women; socio-cultural practices.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2021.115358

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2021 Vol.43 No.2, pp.205 - 231

Received: 13 Aug 2018
Accepted: 04 Jan 2019

Published online: 01 Jun 2021 *

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