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Entrepreneurial Networking and Women Entrepreneurs’ Contribution to Employment Creation in Rivers State, Nigeria

ADIM, Chidiebere Victor




ADUBASIM, Ikechukwu Ernest

ADIM, Chidiebere Victor 1

ADUBASIM, Ikechukwu Ernest 3

  1. Department of Management, Faculty of Management Sciences, Rivers State University, Rivers State University, Nkpolu-Oroworukwo, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria 1

  2. Department of Business Administration and Management, School of Business Studies, The Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, Bauchi State, Nigeria 2

  3. Department of Management Information Technology, Faculty of Management Sciences, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Nigeria 3

Pages: 56-67

DOI: 10.18488/journal.62.2018.53.56.67

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Article History:

Received: 17 July, 2018
Revised: 28 August, 2018
Accepted: 10 September, 2018
Published: 14 September, 2018


The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between entrepreneurial networking and women entrepreneurs’ contribution to employment creation in Rivers State, Nigeria. The study adopted a cross sectional survey design to solicit responses from women entrepreneurs in Rivers state, using simple random. The target population of Women Entrepreneurs in Rivers State was 329 obtained from the 2017 Directory of the Rivers State Ministry of Women Affairs and Rivers State Ministry of Commerce and Industry. The sample size was 181 using the Taro Yamen’s formula. After data cleaning, only data of 153 respondents were finally used for data analysis. Descriptive statistics and Spearman’s rank correlation were used for data analysis and hypothesis testing. Findings revealed that entrepreneurial networking has a significant relationship with women entrepreneurs to employment .The study thus concluded that entrepreneurial networking bears a positive and significant influence on women entrepreneurs’ contribution to employment creation. We recommend that women should be engaged in entrepreneurial education to develop right competencies, skills and needed entrepreneurial capacities.
Contribution/ Originality
This study sought to empirically examine the impact of the entrepreneurial networking (EN) construct and its impact on women entrepreneurs in Rivers State, Nigeria. This is because there has been paucity of empirical works that has examined the predicting impact of (EN) on the contribution of women entrepreneurs to employment creation.


Entrepreneurial networking, Women entrepreneurs, Contribution to employment creation.



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This study received no specific financial support.

Competing Interests:

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


All authors contributed equally to the conception and design of the study.

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