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Title: The role of Universities in promoting social entrepreneurship in South Africa
Authors: Lekhanya, Lawrence Mpele 
Keywords: Entrepreneurship;Universities;Social;Role;Promoting
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Virtus Interpress
Source: Lekhanya, L.M. 2015. The role of Universities in promoting social entrepreneurship in South Africa. Journal of Governance and Regulation. 4(3) : 67-71.
Journal: Journal of governance and regulation (Print) 
Social entrepreneurship can help to reduce socio-economic problems facing many countries including
South Africa. Also it can be used as a strategic tool in building social cohesion in country. This paper
aimed to examine the role of Universities in promoting social entrepreneurship in South Africa. The
study also look assess the support that universities are providing to social entrepreneurship and to
evaluate the extend of the support. The paper also analyses most strategies used by South African
universities to help the development of social entrepreneurship. Mix approaches of qualitative and
quantitative techniques were employed for data collection. The primary data was collected from six
universities in South Africa where two comprehensive universities, two universities of Technologies
from KwaZulu -Natal province and two comprehensive universities in Gauteng province were chosen
for sample for this study. The sample consisted of 40 respondents made up of deans of faculties, heads
of departments, and director of social entrepreneurship and head of social entrepreneurship
department respectively according to structure of each university. Combination of structured
qualitative and five –point Likert scale questionnaire were emailed to the respondents to complete.
The results reveal that most of respondents are not involved in social entrepreneurship activities, or
any entrepreneurship development programs. The findings also indicate that some respondents they
had no clue about social entrepreneurship that their universities are involved in. the study was limited
by exploratory nature. Therefore, generalization must be done with care. Further research should aim
to target large sample and include other academic staff rather than focusing only on the deans and
heads of departments.
ISSN: 2220-9352
Appears in Collections:Research Publications (Management Sciences)

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