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Entrepreneurial Skills and Self Employment: A Theoretical Exposition


This paper was a theoretical exposition of relevant concepts in entrepreneurship literature. A qualitative research design was utilized in the study. In doing so, a thematic and theoretical approach was used in presenting the facts. Entrepreneurial skills were indexed to include: technical skills, business skills and personal entrepreneurial skills. Their relationships with self-employment as seen in the literature were analyzed. The influence of the mediators (psycho- social factors: self- motivation and social influence) were also analyzed. The paper revealed that the proxies of entrepreneurial skills and the mediators as espoused in the literature were closely knitted with enterprise creation. The study thus concluded that with adequate motivation and positive social influence, entrepreneurial skills acquisition will metamorphose to self employment.

Citation: Agogbua, S. N and Mgbatogu, C.D. (2022) Entrepreneurial Skills and Self Employment: A Theoretical Exposition, International Journal of Development and Economic Sustainability, Vol.10, No.5, pp.30-48

Keywords: Entrepreneurial Skills, Self-Motivation, Self-employment, social influence

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