Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Adapting the measurement of youth entrepreneurship potential in a marginalised context: The case of Mindanao, Philippines

Authors: Cynthia Lai; Domenico Dentoni; Catherine Chan; Elma M. Neyra

New CAFE logo, Mindanao, Philippines (2015). Source: cafemindanao.org

Societal Impact: This study was instrumental to select out-of-school youth (18-24 years old) to participate in an entrepreneurial education program (called UPLOAD JOBS and funded by USAID) in Central Cotabato, Mindanao, The Philippines. As an outcome of the program, 16 start-ups procuring and marketing local agri-food products were created - including banana chips, mushrooms, coco sugar, squash jam, nuts, soap, empanadas, etc. Moreover, as an outcome of the program, the Center for Agricultural & Farmland Entrepreneurship (CAFE) was founded - to support and integrate the entrepreneurial thinkers of Mindanao, including private and public sector individuals, entrepreneurs, farmers, businesses, government, non-government and community organisations.

Map of Central Cotabato, Mindanao, The Philippines, were data collection and program were grounded.

Abstract: Few studies have so far discussed how to measure youth entrepreneurship potential, a critical construct to enhance the success and performance outcomes of entrepreneurship education programs. This article investigates the adaptation of a measurement model of youth entrepreneurship potential, which a psychology strand of the extant entrepreneurship literature from the USA and Europe identified as characteristics of 'successful' future entrepreneurs. Two subsequent questionnaires were administered to measure youth entrepreneurship potential as part of an entrepreneurship education program in Mindanao, Philippines, a marginalised context. The first questionnaire had scales based on personality traits of autonomy, need for achievement, innovativeness and risk-taking propensity as per the extant literature, while the second had adapted scales to the local context. A confirmatory factor analysis tested the effectiveness of both measurement models. Results indicated that the locally adapted measurement model was more effective to assess youth entrepreneurship potential in the context of Mindanao, Philippines.

Cynthia Lai's presentation at the Annual IFAMA Symposium 2014. Source: www.ifama.org

This article is not open access, but please email us to receive a full-text copy privately.

Monday, July 24, 2017

New course on Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Emerging Economies

Stemming from our experience with the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation and the Center for Development Innovation, this brand-new optional course for Master, PhD students and practitioners will start in September-October 2017 and will repeat in period 1 every year. The course is also part of the MSc Entrepreneurship Track. 

Enrol now here!


You can also participate as a practitioner, guest student from another university or as former Wageningen University MSc or PhD alumni:


Friday, May 5, 2017

Prosocial organising workshop

This workshop organised around a Journal of Business Venturing special issue at Ivey Business School, London (Ontario), was by far the biggest (work-related) surprise of my April.

I went there really worried and came back really uplifted. I wish workshops were always like that.

Prosocial organising? Do we really need another fairly difficult concept out there? Does it help us to understand what entrepreneurship is, how does it take place and evolves over time? How does it contribute informing entrepreneurs on how to tackle social problems and develop visions for a thriving change for our neighbourhoods, communities and other systems we are embedded in?

Well, it seems it does... During the workshop I had at least three epiphanies:

  1. Prosocial motivations and behaviours have specific and well-defined meanings, that is, having concern for others and voluntary practices intended to benefit others. And the study of organising processes around prosociality is at least old as I am (Brief and Motowidlo 1986);
  2. There is still a knowledge gap on how prosocial organising relates to processes of integrating competing values in organisations, interplays with other existing institutions (families, communities, laws, markets) and contributes to achieve impact in society. 
  3. Prosocial organising is actually a concrete thing. It was humbling to live and touch the experiences of great people - an international kayak champion, a laundry social entrepreneur, a entrepreneur cutting across construction and toy business, and a youth empowerment social entrepreneurs. Their life stories were incredibly touching.

Perhaps the most uplifting thing for me was to see the workshop organisers and my fellow participants enacting - what I understood so far of - prosocial organising.

This really helped my co-authors and me in seeing our enormous dataset and long experience with food and energy consumer communities in a new and more nuanced light.

Thank you. These things make academia beautiful and do have lots of unexpected spillovers.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Youth entrepreneurship in conflict areas

How do youth engage in entrepreneurship and innovation to seize strategic opportunities in food and ag markets in conflict areas and transition economies? How can training programs meaningfully support them in this process? Supported by a USAID-funded research and capacity building project in Mindanao (The Philippines), my co-authors Prof. Catherine Chan, Dr. Cynthia Lai, Prof. Elma Neyra and me participated to a book tackling these questions.

Please give a look or purchase the book here!

And let me know if you are interested to receive a private copy of the following chapter:

Lai, C., Chan, C., Dentoni, D., Neyra, E. (2017). “Measuring youth entrepreneurs’ potential: the case of an out-of-school youth training program in Mindanao, Philippines.” Ed. Chan, C., Sipes, B. and Lee, T., Agri-Entrepreneurship in Conflict and Transition Regions, CABI, London, UK, In Press.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

MSc thesis opportunities 2017

The Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI) - directed by Michigan State University in collaboration with Wageningen University and others globally - operates with companies, non governmental organisations and research institutes with the aim of putting into practice the main concepts of our Management Studies Groupentrepreneurship, innovation, governance, strategic management and organisation – to deal with wicked problems affecting agricultural and food systems: poverty, violation of human rights, resource scarcity, waste and climate change among the others.

Given its goal, GCFSI seeks to bridge researchers with managers and leaders in agribusiness & international development practice. To do so, GCFSI provides opportunities for MSc and PhD students enrolled at (or visiting) Wageningen University to engage in stimulating thesis and research projects. Students and faculty staff have the opportunity to give their contribution to disseminate research and improve knowledge on management issues in the context of international development.

MSc thesis 1: Individual competencies, organizational structures and dynamic capabilities for stakeholder orientation in Netherlands

Suggested supervisors: Dr. Renate Wesselink, Dr. Valentina Materia, Dr. Domenico Dentoni

MSc thesis 2: Individual competencies for emerging business models in Malawi

Suggested supervisors: Dr. Renate Wesselink, Dr. Domenico Dentoni

MSc thesis 3: Storage business models and farmers’ seed choices in Ethiopia

Suggested supervisors: Dr. Liesbeth Dries, Dr. Jacques Trienekens, Dr. Domenico Dentoni

If you are interested to learn more about these research topics and GCFSI in general, would like to get involved through a joint research, training or teaching project or would like to organise an event to discuss or disseminate these topics, feel free to contact the Management Studies Group at Wageningen University & Research, the GCFSI or me.