Coaching as a support function for potential entrepreneurs

Show simple item record Brinkley, Maddy Le Roux, Ingrid 2019-08-08T07:15:54Z 2019-08-08T07:15:54Z 2018-08-20
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND : There is a longstanding debate on whether the practice of coaching support is useful for entrepreneurs who lack the skills and assistance needed to make a success of their businesses. AIM : To gain a better understanding of the benefits derived from coaching support, this study explores the debate on whether coaching is useful as a support function for entrepreneurs. SETTING : Entrepreneurs who participated in a support intervention programme to assist them with the development or growth of their business. METHODS : This study employed a qualitative research design and used 12 semi-structured, face-to-face interviews that were conducted with entrepreneurs from the Pretoria region, who received support intervention for business purposes between August and October 2015. RESULTS : The study found that confusion still exists around the concepts of coaching and mentoring. Furthermore, it was found that both mentoring and coaching are useful as a support function for entrepreneurs, as evidenced through the benefits derived from the intervention. These benefits mainly include the development of skills, particularly of 21st-century skills, new perspectives, enhanced communication, increased self-awareness and learning, and were facilitated by learning. CONCLUSION : Both mentoring and coaching can benefit potential entrepreneurs; however, each form contributes different benefits. Coaching contributes to the self-development of entrepreneurs, whilst mentoring assists in the development of managerial functions needed to successfully start and grow a business. It is clear that these different forms of support intervention aid in developing different skills, and therefore, entrepreneurs should articulate their required needs before engaging support. en_ZA
dc.description.department Business Management en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2019 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Brinkley, M-L. & Le Roux, I., 2018, ‘Coaching as a support function for potential entrepreneurs’, The Southern African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management 10(1), a99. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2522-7343 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2071-3185 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/sajesbm.v10i1.99
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS Open Journals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2018. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Entrepreneurs en_ZA
dc.subject Coaching support en_ZA
dc.subject Business en_ZA
dc.subject Development en_ZA
dc.title Coaching as a support function for potential entrepreneurs en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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