GASPRO International Journal of Eminent Scholars
MANAGERIAL AND COMMUNICATION COMPETENCIES REQUIRED BY BUSINESS EDUCATION STUDENTS FOR ESTABLISHING SMALL SCALE VENTURES IN RIVERS STATE
The study sought to assess the managerial and communication competencies required by business education students for establishing small scale ventures in Rivers State. The study adopted descriptive survey research design. The population of the study consisted of 729 final year business education students. The sample size of the study consisted of 248 final year business education students drawn from three tertiary institutions in Rivers State. The instrument used for data collection was a structured questionnaire titled “Entrepreneurship Competencies Required by Business Education Students for Establishing Small Scale Ventures Questionnaire (ECRBESESSVQ). Mean and standard deviations were used to answer the research questions while Z - test was used to test the hypotheses at the 0.05 level of significance level. From the study it was concluded that managerial competencies and communication competencies are veritable tools through which students and other individuals can utilize to establish businesses, especially small scale ventures. One of the recommendations made from the study is that undergraduate business education students should be inculcated with managerial competencies such as the ability to carry out feasibility studies, prepare policies, manage human and material resources, etc., as these will aid them to establish and run businesses successfully.
KEYWORDS: Managerial Competencies, Communication Competencies, Small Scale Ventures and Rivers State.
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