Perceptions of Family Business Support Among African Academics

Denisa Skrbková


Purpose: This study examines how academic representatives of African universities perceive the family business issue. It aims to investigate whether there is a relationship between this perception and the tertiary education of this topic and support for these businesses in selected African countries.

Methodology: The empirical part of this study aimed to examine the interdependence between African university representatives' perspectives of family businesses and specific support for these businesses. Firstly, in the context of promoting the topic in tertiary education and secondly, within the specific support for these businesses. For data processing, we used Chi-square tests to test the independence of the variables. To measure the strength of this relationship, we used Cramer's V- test.

Findings: The research results show that in countries where academics consider family businesses as a unique type of business, this subject is more likely to be adequately promoted in tertiary education. We also found that family businesses in these countries are more likely to receive specific support through special programmes, financial support and counselling.

Limitations: The random sample of respondents does not include respondents from all countries in Africa which makes the possibility of generalizing the research findings speculative.

Originality: The study offers new insights into family businesses in the context of tertiary education in African countries. It is the first study to show the relationship between academic perceptions of the family businesses and actual support for them.

Keywords: Family business; Africa; Tertiary education; Economical-faculties.

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