African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4064

Full Length Research Paper

Critique does not equate to rebellion: Positive deviance and entrepreneurial networking among small and medium enterprises in Uganda

Samuel Mayanja
  • Samuel Mayanja
  • School of Working Adults, Cavendish University, Uganda.
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Joseph M. Ntayi
  • Joseph M. Ntayi
  • Business School, Faculty of Economics, Energy and Management Science, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.
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J. C. Munene
  • J. C. Munene
  • Business School, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.
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Balunywa Wasswa
  • Balunywa Wasswa
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, Business School, Makerere University Kampala, Uganda.
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Moses M. Kibirang
  • Moses M. Kibirang
  • Faculty of Business and Management, University of Eastern Africa, Baraton, Eldoret Kenya.
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  •  Received: 21 October 2018
  •  Accepted: 26 November 2018
  •  Published: 14 January 2019

Abstract

This paper examines the relationship between positive deviance and entrepreneurial networking among small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Using a mixed method approach combined self-administered questionnaires and interview guide covering 228 SMEs in Uganda, the cross-sectional nature of this study revealed key nuances about SMEs. The research findings confirmed a significant positive relationship between positive deviance and entrepreneurial networking among SMEs in Uganda. The findings also revealed that: SME owner/ managers should create enabling environment for people with divergent views to interact with each other to innovate new practices, such as accessing resources from the networks; managers should initiate new policies for error management to allow employees room to learn from mistakes; managers should acquire new skills of leadership skills to manage and utilize the knowledge and skills of positive deviants. This research therefore contributes to existing scholarship by providing nuances in the study of positive deviance and entrepreneurial networking among SMEs in Uganda through employing a complexity approach that transcends previous academic focus on social network theory.

 

Key words:  positive deviance, entrepreneurial networking, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), complexity.