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dc.title Entrepreneurial behavior and interactivity of Sri Lankan farmer groups en
dc.contributor.author Jayawardena Chandana, Liyanarachchi, Nanayakkara
dc.contributor.author Abeyrathne, Madushi
dc.relation.ispartof Proceedings of the 8th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ECIE 2013), vol 1
dc.identifier.issn 2049-1050 Scopus Sources, Sherpa/RoMEO, JCR
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-909507-61-6
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.citation.spage 333
dc.citation.epage 339
dc.event.title 8th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ECIE)
dc.event.location Brussels
utb.event.state-en Belgium
utb.event.state-cs Belgie
dc.event.sdate 2013-09-19
dc.event.edate 2013-09-20
dc.type conferenceObject
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Academic Conferences Ltd.
dc.subject entrepreneurial behavior en
dc.subject farmers en
dc.subject interactions en
dc.description.abstract Farming is increasingly been seen to be less attractive in commercial viability in the Sri Lankan farming community. Among the many factors influencing the entrepreneurial behavior of farmers, group interactions are of high importance. Understanding these interactions could be useful to foster entrepreneurial activities. Study was conducted among the farmers in Matale district, which is among the top 4 districts producing high amount of vegetables in Sri Lanka. Two successful farmer organizations, one farming throughout the year (in Yala and Maha seasons) and the other farming only in Yala season, were selected for the study. Overall objective of the study was to examine the entrepreneurial behavior of vegetable farmers. Stratified random sampling was used to select a sample of 60 vegetable farmers, 30 each from the two farmer organizations. Descriptive and inferential analyses were conducted. Overall group interaction and entrepreneurial behavior of the sample was at a moderate level. Study revealed effective entrepreneurial behavior involving high planning ability, and decision making ability. Majority of the farmers possessed a moderate level of innovativeness, risk orientation, coordinating ability, opportunity seeking behavior, self-confidence, and achievement motivation. Group interactions were low at land preparation, pest and disease controlling, harvesting, irrigation water distribution, participating in training programmes, and selling of harvest. Entrepreneurial behavior of farmers have enhanced with group interactions. The group characteristics of the two farmer groups had resulted significant differences in their group interactions and entrepreneurial behavior. Entrepreneurial behavior of the farmers was not prominent in vegetable cultivation. Risk orientation of farmers' was reportedly low. Low group interactions in the marketing of produce seemed to have an impact on the commercial viability of their operations Entrepreneurial behavior of farmers enhanced with socio-economic status and social participation. en
utb.faculty Faculty of Management and Economics
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10563/1003971
utb.identifier.obdid 43872173
utb.identifier.wok 000343654100037
utb.source d-wok
dc.date.accessioned 2015-01-13T09:26:00Z
dc.date.available 2015-01-13T09:26:00Z
utb.contributor.internalauthor Jayawardena Chandana, Liyanarachchi, Nanayakkara
utb.fulltext.affiliation Chandana Jayawardena1, 2 and Madushi Abeyrathne2 1 Faculty of Management and Economics, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Czech Republic 2 Department of Agric Extension, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
utb.fulltext.sponsorship Authors are thankful to the Internal Grant Agency of FaME TBU No. IGA/FaME/2012/038 (Emotional Intelligence, academic performances and managerial effectiveness) SPP No: 50905/2110/SV50134001020-2110-UN, for providing financial support to this research.
utb.fulltext.projects IGA/FaME/2012/038
utb.fulltext.projects 50905/2110/SV50134001020-2110-UN
utb.fulltext.faculty Faculty of Management and Economics
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