Original Research

A narrative investigation on the motivation to become an entrepreneur among a sample of black entrepreneurs in South Africa: Implications for entrepreneurship career development education

Willie T. Chinyamurindi
Acta Commercii | Vol 16, No 1 | a310 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ac.v16i1.310 | © 2016 Willie T. Chinyamurindi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 January 2015 | Published: 26 August 2016

About the author(s)

Willie T. Chinyamurindi, Department of Business Management, University of Fort Hare, South Africa


Orientation: To understand the motivation into becoming an entrepreneur. This has the basis for informing entrepreneurship career development education.
Research purpose: The study sought to understand what motivates an individual into becoming an entrepreneur.
Motivation for the study: Entrepreneurship offers an opportunity as a career choice. By studying the factors that motivate an individual to become an entrepreneur, insights could be provided on how to motivate the opportunities in entrepreneurship for current and future entrepreneurs.
Research design, approach and method: The research made use of the qualitative approach based on studying narratives and stories of 13 black entrepreneurs. The data were sourced from a popular television show in South Africa that showcases the lives of successful South Africans, including entrepreneurs.
Main findings: Motivation in becoming an entrepreneur is framed by individuals through a broad theme of opportunity. Three main sub-themes emerge under this main theme of opportunity: (a) entrepreneurship: an opportunity out of struggle; (b) entrepreneurship: an opportunity for individual self-development and (c) entrepreneurship: an opportunity for service.
Practical/managerial implications: Lecturers and facilitators in the field of entrepreneurship career development education can use the findings of this research in their teaching practice in motivating students to consider entrepreneurship as a career choice.
Contribution/value add: The findings from this research provide useful suggestions in helping lecturers and facilitators, especially within a university setting at the undergraduate level. The end desire here is to position entrepreneurship not just as a theoretical construct, but as an individual option that can be a career choice.


careers; entrepreneurship; narrative; stories


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