Training Adult Entrepreneurs in an Emerging Economy: The Case of Namibia


  • Nicolene Barkhuizen Department of Industrial Psychology, North-West University, Mmabatho, South Africa, 2745
  • Margaret Bennett Centre for Enterprise Development, Polytechnic of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia, 9000


The training of adult entrepreneurs in emerging countries remains a challenge as there is no consensus as to the components that should be included in such training initiatives. This research investigates an adult entrepreneurship training programme in terms of its content, delivery methods and outcomes. Surveys were distributed to a convenience sample of Entrepreneurs (N= 102) who participated in the training programme. The results showed that the trainees benefitted from the knowledge base of training modules and that the training methods applied were effective in the transfer of relevant business knowledge. The results also showed that the training programme contributed to improved business performance, an increased client base, improved work attitude and overall entrepreneurial skills. This research advances the current knowledge in terms of training entrepreneurs effectively in emerging markets such as Namibia.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2014.v5n3p298


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Training Adult Entrepreneurs in an Emerging Economy: The Case of Namibia. (2014). Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, 5(3), 298.