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South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences

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Abstract

FARRINGTON, Shelley; VENTER, Elmarie; EYBERS, Carey  and  BOSHOFF, Christo. Task-based factors influencing the successful functioning of copreneurial businesses in South Africa. S. Afr. j. econ. manag. sci. (Online) [online]. 2011, vol.14, n.1, pp. 24-46. ISSN 2222-3436.

Globally, evidence exists to suggest that the number of copreneurial businesses or spousal partnerships are on the increase. The primary objectives of this study are to identify the task-based factors influencing the effectiveness of a copreneurial business, to propose a conceptual model based on these factors and to subject the model to empirical testing. The model is empirically tested among copreneurial businesses to assess potential relationships between selected independent variables (shared dream, leadership, personal needs alignment, division of labour, complementary skills, supportive employees, competencies and adequate resources) and measures of copreneurial success (perceived success and financial performance). In order to address the primary objective of this study, a questionnaire was administered to a sample of 1548 respondents (spouses in business together) of which 380 questionnaires were useable for statistical analysis. The empirical results revealed that apart from division of labour all the other factors investigated exert a significant influence on the successful functioning of copreneurial businesses.

Keywords : copreneurs; husband-and-wife teams; successful copreneurial businesses; copreneurship as a route to entrepreneurship.

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