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The Motives for Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries; the Case of Nairobi
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Industrial Management. KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Industrial Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Revaluer.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Industrial Marketing and Entrepreneurship.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Entrepreneurship is on the rise in Africa. The Kenyan government is focusing on

entrepreneurship and the digital scene for the future growth of the country. The digital startup

ecosystem is growing as well as the number of entrepreneurs is rising which has further

increased the discussion of business opportunities in the region. This raises the question why

the entrepreneurs themselves want to pursue entrepreneurship as an active career. Past

research show that entrepreneurial motivations may differ due to geographical regions, and

may differ due to the economical condition of the country.

The authors see that more emphasize must be put on entrepreneurial motives in developing

countries to further understand why people want to pursue entrepreneurship. Since there is

little research on entrepreneurial motivations in developing countries, where on region is

Nairobi, Kenya, the authors aim to add knowledge in this field to further understand

entrepreneurial motivations across the world.

This is a qualitative research where the authors aim to explore the entrepreneurial motives

behind going into entrepreneurship in Nairobi, Kenya. 18 participants have been interviewed

through a semi-structured interview format in Nairobi for 2 weeks in March 2017.

The results show that there are three main motives present in Nairobi. The findings have been

compared to, according to the inductive reasoning approach, a theory of entrepreneurial

motivations and have found that there are different motives present in Nairobi than in other

regions in the world. Some entrepreneurial motives that are less common in developed

countries are more common in Nairobi, which confirm that entrepreneurial motives differ due

to geographical regions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 39 p.
Keyword [en]
Entrepreneurship, Motives, Kenya, Nairobi, Start-up, Entrepreneurship out of Necessity, Entrepreneurship out of Opportunity, Seven dimensions of entrepreneurial motivation, Qualitative research.
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-210027OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-210027DiVA: diva2:1116072
Subject / course
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
Educational program
Master of Science - Industrial Engineering and Management
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Available from: 2017-07-10 Created: 2017-06-27 Last updated: 2017-07-10Bibliographically approved

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