Academy of Entrepreneurship Journal (Print ISSN: 1087-9595; Online ISSN: 1528-2686)


Networking and Sustainable Performance of Small and Medium Enterprises in South Africa

Author(s): Khutso Pitso Mankgele and Olawale Fatoki

The main objective of this study was to investigate the impact of networking on the sustainable performance of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). A quantitative approach was used, and a self-administered questionnaire was employed during the data collection process. Correlation and regression analyses were performed to determine the relationship between networking and sustainable performance. The Cronbach’s alpha was used as a measure of reliability. The results of the study revealed that networking positively impacts on the sustainable performance of SMEs. Recommendations to improve the networking of SMEs are suggested. These recommendations offered meaningful insights into SME owners, government, nongovernment organisations and other organisations for the improvement of their businesses while providing room for future research studies.

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