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An Investigation into the Limitations the Rural Characteristics Have on the Operations of Rural Based MSMEs in Malawi

Mission-Phiri, Mphatso Gideon (2017) An Investigation into the Limitations the Rural Characteristics Have on the Operations of Rural Based MSMEs in Malawi. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to investigate the constraints that the Rural Characteristics have on the operations of MSMEs in the rural areas of Malawi by looking at rural infrastructure (roads, telecommunication and electricity), rural financing, standards of rural education, the most popular type of the business amongst rural MSMEs, traditional cultural beliefs and gender practices.

The study is a quantitative research using a self- completed questionnaire to collect research data from a sample of MSMEs drawn from seven administrative districts of Malawi.

The investigation will first analyse the rural characteristics of Malawi in relation to rural infrastructure (roads, telecommunication and electricity), rural financing, standards of rural education, the most popular type of the business amongst rural MSMEs, traditional cultural beliefs and gender practices and thereafter, will establish the challenges that the rural characteristics present on the operations of rural MSMEs.

The findings from the literature review were that the rural characteristics put constraints in the operations of MSMEs. The field survey confirmed the issues raised in the literature.

The findings make a positive contribution to some of the solutions to the problems faced by the rural MSMEs in Malawi.

The implications of the research findings are that unless the improvements in the rural characteristics, the rural MSMEs in Malawi are going to continue to experience limitations on their operations hence affecting their growth.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DT Africa
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Small Business Sector
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Science in Management
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2017 11:45
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2017 11:45
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/2890

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