Document Type Master's Dissertation Author Ayer, Nirvashnee URN etd-04042011-145446 Document Title Learning from mentors : perspectives of South African entrepreneurs Degree MBA Department Gordon Institute of Business Science Supervisor
Advisor Name Title Mr G Fisher Supervisor Keywords
- business growth
Date 2011-04-20 Availability unrestricted Abstract
Low levels of entrepreneurial activity and success have led to calls for mentorship as a support mechanism to increase the success rate of entrepreneurial ventures in the economic landscape of South Africa.
This study aimed to explore the perceptions of entrepreneurs regarding mentorship and to ascertain whether the entrepreneurs perceived mentoring to be a valuable support mechanism in growing their business. The impact of gender on the perception formation was analysed as well as the necessary attributes that ensures an effective relationship.
A two phased qualitative case study approach was utilised with unstructured mentor interviews and in depth entrepreneur interviews.
The research established that mentorship was mutually beneficial to both the mentors and entrepreneurs. The latter experienced immense personal benefits on a business and emotional level whereas the impact on business growth was identified as being an increase in revenue. Women were found to be more positive about mentoring than their male counterparts. Previous entrepreneurial experience, trust and empathy were stipulated as vital factors in the establishment of a successful relationship.
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