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An Enterprise Development Initiative: Incubation In The South African Motor Body Repair Sector

Goodwell Muyengwa / Partson Dube / Kimbelry Battle / Errol Masinga
Published Online: 2014-08-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/cplbu-2014-0009


The paper investigates motivations, challenges and success factors experienced by an incubator company and panel shop owners during transformation from a non-registered to a registered panel shop. Since 2006 the company has assisted six black owned panel shops in upgrading their businesses through an annual grant of R1.5 million per business. The objective is to develop and empower disadvantaged black owned motor body repairers. The study was conducted through multiple case studies and in-depth interviews with owners and staff of these panel shops including incubator company personnel. The study revealed that noticeable improvements were in better infrastructure, improved management skills, registration with the repair authority, access to work from the insurance industry and better turnover. Challenges faced were in building of trust among panel shop owners and support agencies seconded to their businesses by the incubator company during the incubation process.

Key words:: Entrepreneurship; transformation; incubation; empowerment; multiple case studies


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Published Online: 2014-08-15

Citation Information: Balkan Region Conference on Engineering and Business Education, Volume 1, Issue 1, Pages 41–46, ISSN (Online) 1843-6730, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/cplbu-2014-0009.

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