Research on Education
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Prime Journal of Business Administration and
7, Issue 2, pp.
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The Contribution of
Technology Adoption on the Growth of Small and Micro-Enterprises
Growth in Kenya
and 2Joseph K. Mung’atu
2Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and
Mwangemi J, Wilson C, Mung’atu JK (2017). The
Contribution of Technology Adoption on the Growth of Small and Micro-Enterprises
Growth in Kenya. Prim. J. Bus.
Admin. Manage. 7(3):
many startups and government effort to improve the regulatory
and institutional framework in Kenya, most Small and Micro
Enterprises (SMEs) do not evolve into medium enterprises. This
paper sought to determine contribution of technology adoption on
the growth of SMEs. The research design employed was the
descriptive cross sectional design that used a purposive survey.
The study targeted SMEs situated in Nairobi City and operating
in four sub-sectors of the economy namely: transportation and
storage; accommodation and services activities; information and
communication; financial and insurance activities; and
professional, scientific and technical activities. A total of
395 SMEs were sampled using stratified technique and response
rate registered was 88.1%. Primary data were collected through
questionnaires administered on owners and managers of SMEs by
the researcher by way of structured interviews. Secondary data
were collected through documentary reviews. In order to
guarantee validity and reliability of the primary data
collected, the instrument was constructed against the background
of the specific research objectives and tested through
experience surveys. Data analysis procedures were carried out
and the data coded before running the initial summaries in the
Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). For the
qualitative data, simple listing of suggestions, factors and
other itemized variables was adopted. Chi-square test of
association at a 5% level of significance was used to explore
the relationship between variables. While the respondents were
in agreement on the importance of technology, there was very low
usage, attributed to lack of resources, awareness and training.
Entrepreneurial training programs should be developed as part of
the national school curriculum as well as development of
training programs for SMEs which should include awareness on
business ethics and tendering procedures.
Keywords: SMEs, technology, growth.
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