From the Informal to the Formal Sector: Micro-enterprises in a Developing Economy – Research in Progress
Dalglish, Carol L. (2007) From the Informal to the Formal Sector: Micro-enterprises in a Developing Economy – Research in Progress. In Gillin, L. Murray (Ed.) 4th AGSE International Entrepreneurship Research Exchange 2007, 6 - 9 February, Brisbane, Australia.
Small and micro-enterprises play a significant part in most economies.However, in developing countries these enterprises have tended to be looked at from a development, or poverty alleviation perspective, rather than as potentially growing businesses. This paper explores the possibility of micro-enterprises in developing economies moving from the informal to the formal sector - what this actually means and the process involved.
The purpose of this paper is to document the activities of a group of micro-entrepreneurs in Beira, in Central Mozambique, who received micro-financing to establish or grow their micro-enterprises, all of which were in the informal sector, and to examine these enterprises in terms of their potential for long term success. This provides a sample of a population that is being recognised as very important in the development of African economies, particularly where there are high levels of extreme poverty. The paper also proposes a methodology for monitoring the development of informal businesses in developing economies in Africa and identifying the critical factors in the transition from informal to formal, and from survival entrepreneurship to a sustainable business.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||Micro, enterprises, Developing Economy, Entrepreneurship|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)|
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2007 (please consult author)|
|Deposited On:||10 Mar 2008 00:00|
|Last Modified:||03 Mar 2011 05:44|
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