Entrepreneurship skills needs and policies: contribution to decent work

Sumona Mukhuty, Steve Johnson

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This chapter explores the relationship between entrepreneurship skills and decent work (DW), and how policy can help achieve this. We review the entrepreneurship skills literature in the context of DW, highlighting the key entrepreneurship skills needed in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Thereafter, we extract lessons from selected policy initiatives in countries with broad similarities (Australia, Canada, United States and England), through the lens of DW. Our review draws on peer-reviewed journals and key United Nations and global entrepreneurship platform publications. Entrepreneurship skills deficiencies have a detrimental impact on the success and sustainability of SMEs. Yet, SME's survival and growth is currently crucial, whereby organizations need to transform in response to changing environmental, political, technological and consumer needs. This is intensified by the challenges of Covid-19, severely affecting DW and productivity. To develop and retain even a semblance of ‘decent work’, entrepreneurs need to develop appropriate skills and there is a need for suitable policy addressing this. In this chapter, we present lessons learnt based on our review and provide recommendations for entrepreneurship skills development policies aligning with DW.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDecent work
Subtitle of host publicationopportunities and challenges
EditorsFiona Christie, Marilena Antoniadou, Kevin Albertson, Mark Crowder
PublisherEmerald Publishing
ISBN (Electronic)9781801175869
ISBN (Print)9781801175876
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sept 2021
Externally publishedYes


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