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The impact of infrastructural change and regulation on entrepreneurial competitiveness in the South African telecommunications sector

S. M. Oberholzer, M. Cullen, C. Adendorff
South African Journal of Business Management | Vol 45, No 3 | a134 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajbm.v45i3.134 | © 2018 S. M. Oberholzer, M. Cullen, C. Adendorff | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 April 2018 | Published: 30 September 2014

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S. M. Oberholzer, Seaforth Road, Vincent, East London, South Africa
M. Cullen, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Business School, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
C. Adendorff, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Business School, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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The fast pace of technological advancements is regarded as one of the global drivers of change. In the telecommunications sector in South Africa, these technological advancements as well as sector transformation pose competitiveness challenges to entrepreneurs. This paper reports an empirical study performed to contribute to the promotion of entrepreneurial competitiveness within the telecommunications sector of the South African economy. From the empirical study, significant relationships proved to exist between the intervening- and independent variables and the dependent variable of this study, namely Perceived Entrepreneurial Competitiveness. The independent variable Infrastructural Change positively influenced both the intervening variable Entrepreneurial Orientation and dependent variable Perceived Entrepreneurial Competitiveness. In the same manner, the independent variables of Regulatory Alignment and Entrepreneurial Mindset did positively influenced Perceived Entrepreneurial Competitiveness within this

The study found that entrepreneurs can position their businesses more competitively if the factors that impact directly or indirectly on Entrepreneurial Competitiveness in the South African Telecommunications sector are taken in consideration.


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