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Entrepreneurial opportunity discovery dimensions and growth of non-governmental organizations in Kenya


  • Olive Kamene Ndeveni Tindika

    (Business and Economics Department, Karatina University, P.O Box 1957-10101, Karatina, Kenya)

  • Kenneth Lawrence Wanjau

    (Business and Economics Department, Karatina University, P.O Box 1957-10101, Karatina, Kenya)

  • George Mbugua Kariuki

    (Econometrics and Statistics Department, Kenyatta University, Kenya.P.O Box 43844-00100, Nairobi, Kenya)

  • Joseph Muchiri

    (Business and Economics Department, Karatina University, P.O Box 1957-10101, Karatina; Kenya)


Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) play a critical role in addressing social ills like poverty, employment, and food insecurity; therefore, their growth prospects enhance their ability to address these social ills. Discovery of entrepreneurial opportunities amongst the agro-based NGOs has not got the desired attention, and it is the least researched area in social entrepreneurship. This study investigated the relationship between Entrepreneurial Opportunity Discovery Dimensions and Growth of Non-Governmental Organizations in Kenya. It employed correlation design and was anchored on the Kirznerian Entrepreneurship Theory. The target population was 135 agro-based NGOs in Kenya. A mixed-method approach was used, combined qualitative and quantitative techniques. Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 21 and Analysis of Moment Structures (AMOS graphic-25) aided in the analysis. Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) using AMOS and Simple linear regression analysis were the primary analysis techniques used to evaluate the relationship between entrepreneurial opportunity discovery dimensions and the growth of NGOs. The results indicated that alertness0.372, p=0.033)and prior knowledge (0.163, p=0.031) have a significant favorable influence on growth, while social networks 0.047, p=0.713) showed an insignificant effect on the growth of NGOs. Investing in acquiring alert individuals and helping them gain relevant knowledge in the 21sttechnologies and emerging issues can lead to increased NGO ability to continue serving the community effectively and be engines of development for the general good of Kenya. Key Words:Opportunity Discovery, Kirzner Theory, Structural Equation Model, NGOs

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  • Olive Kamene Ndeveni Tindika & Kenneth Lawrence Wanjau & George Mbugua Kariuki & Joseph Muchiri, 2019. "Entrepreneurial opportunity discovery dimensions and growth of non-governmental organizations in Kenya," International Journal of Research in Business and Social Science (2147-4478), Center for the Strategic Studies in Business and Finance, vol. 8(5), pages 18-26, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:rbs:ijbrss:v:8:y:2019:i:5:p:18-26

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