Title: Opportunities and challenges of entrepreneurship in developing countries: the case of Jordan

Authors: Fuad N. Al-Shaikh

Addresses: Department of Business Administration, College of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Yarmouk University, P.O. Box 566, Zip Code 21163, Irbid, Jordan

Abstract: This research aims to investigate the opportunities and challenges of entrepreneurial firms in developing countries, with particular reference to Jordan. Data was collected via a questionnaire developed following a review of previous studies. The analysis is based on the responses of 140 small firms operating in Irbid Governorate. Of responding firms, 26.40% are less than five years old. Most entrepreneurs are university graduates and below 40 years of age. The greatest challenges faced are lack of finance, high raw material prices, and high interest rates. Most entrepreneurs had no training before starting businesses. Entrepreneurs considered skills in finance, marketing, and preparing business plans the most desirable. Company age, size and entrepreneurs qualifications explain 33% of obstacles, i.e., the younger and smaller the company and the less qualified the entrepreneur, the more serious the challenges. Respondents believe firms should be supported to play their role in the country's development. Recommendations are made in light of results.

Keywords: entrepreneurship; developing countries; Jordan; challenges; opportunities; entrepreneurial development; entrepreneurs.

DOI: 10.1504/JIBED.2013.058329

Journal for International Business and Entrepreneurship Development, 2013 Vol.7 No.2, pp.163 - 178

Available online: 17 Dec 2013 *

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