Vers une meilleure compréhension des déterminants spécifiques à la croissance des PME opérant en Afrique : cas du Bénin

Authors: Aïhounhin, Sègbédji Parfait
Advisor: Su, Zhan
Abstract: The overall goal of this thesis is to show, that the specified determinants of corporate growth is a function of business environments. Africa being plural and multifaceted by its culture, its customs, its business environments, we opted to study Benin. To achieve this global objective, a sub-objective is retained by article among the three that this thesis contains. In the first article, it was a question of making a global synthesis of the determinants of SME growth by categorizing them. In the second article, we confirmed the relevant (specific) determinants for the context under study. In the third article, we evaluated the effect of the determinants retained on the growth of the SMEs studied. Thus, a stepwise approach is used to achieve the above objectives. In the first stage, a systematic review of the literature made it possible to take stock of the determinants of SME growth as well as to highlight a number of emerging factors to be studied (1st level of results). Following this step, we have, based on a principal component analysis, tried to identify among the emerging factors, those that could be qualified as specific determinants (2nd level of result). Finally, using the panel regression, we studied the effects of the specific determinants retained on the growth of the SMEs in our sample (3rd level of result). Among other results, this study highlights the importance of certain specific determinants of SME growth, such as the use of external expertise, investment in research and development, and corporate social responsibility.
Document Type: Thèse de doctorat
Issue Date: 2018
Open Access Date: 27 August 2019
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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