Impact of group interactions on farmers’ entrepreneurial behaviour

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dc.contributor.author Abeyrathne, H.R.M.P.
dc.contributor.author Jayawardena, L.N.A.C.
dc.contributor.other Ekonomická fakulta cs
dc.date.accessioned 2014-12-03
dc.date.available 2014-12-03
dc.identifier.issn 12123609
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.tul.cz/handle/15240/7133
dc.description.abstract Group interactions form an important component among the many factors influencing the entrepreneurial behaviour of farmers. Understanding group interactions provides insights to foster entrepreneurial activities. Matale district, which is among the top 4 districts producing high amount of vegetables in the Sri Lanka was selected for the study. Two successful farmer organizations, one of them farming in both seasons (throughout the year), and the other farming only a single season per year, were selected for the study. Overall objective of the study was to examine the impact of group interactions on entrepreneurial behaviour of vegetable farmers. Stratified random sampling was used to select an overall sample of 60 vegetable farmers, having two samples consisting of 30 each from the two farmer organizations. Descriptive and inferential analyses were conducted using the SPSS software package. Results indicated a significant relationship between the group interactions and entrepreneurial behaviour of farmers. Study revealed effective entrepreneurial behaviour involving high planning ability, and decision making ability. Majority of the farmers were at a moderate level of innovativeness, risk orientation, coordinating ability, opportunity seeking behaviour, self-confidence, achievement motivation, and cosmopolitanism. Group interactions were moderate at seasonal planning, and in selecting of crops. Group interactions were low in land preparation, pest and disease controlling, harvesting, irrigation water distribution, participating in training programmes, and selling. Entrepreneurial behaviour of farmers has enhanced with group interactions. The two farmer groups had significant differences in group interactions and entrepreneurial behaviour due to group characteristics. It is recommended to improve group interactions through awareness programmes, and small group formation activities. en
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dc.publisher Technická Univerzita v Liberci cs
dc.publisher Technical university of Liberec, Czech Republic en
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dc.rights CC BY-NC
dc.subject market orientation en
dc.subject strategic behavior en
dc.subject hi-tech companies en
dc.subject Czech Republic en
dc.subject management en
dc.subject business performance en
dc.subject.classification M10
dc.subject.classification Z19
dc.title Impact of group interactions on farmers’ entrepreneurial behaviour en
dc.type Article en
dc.date.defense 2014-12-02
dc.publisher.abbreviation TUL
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dc.identifier.doi 10.15240/tul/001/2014-4-004
dc.identifier.eissn 2336-5604
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local.relation.issue 4
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local.relation.abbreviation E+M cs
local.faculty Faculty of Economics
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local.citation.epage 57
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