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What sow the seeds of hardship for the poorest of the poor? Towards increasing the performance of informal sector in war affected regions of Sri Lanka

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F. H. Abdul Rauf ,

South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, LK
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Department of Management
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Rukshan Bernard Lovell

South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, LK
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Postgraduate Student, Faculty of Management and Commerce

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Abstract

Less performance of informal sector among the poorest of the poor in the war affected regions in Sri Lanka has been caused by many reasons. Findings of an exploratory study and the factor analysis revealed four important factors namely training and skills, education, social and economic. As the extension of the exploratory study, to test this prediction empirically with a larger sample size, the present study applied a survey method using a questionnaire especially designed based on the initial exploratory study which was conducted inductively. A sample of 300 women headed households engaged in the informal sector participated in this study. The results indicates these four factors significantly predict the performance of informal sector. More specifically, while, economic factors contribute more to the performance of the informal sector, training contributes less. The study also discussed the implication of findings and area for future research. Based on the findings and conclusions, few recommendations are also made to enhance the performance of women headed households in the informal sector.

How to Cite: Rauf, F.H.A. & Lovell, R.B., (2015). What sow the seeds of hardship for the poorest of the poor? Towards increasing the performance of informal sector in war affected regions of Sri Lanka. Journal of Management. 12(2), pp.1–24. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jm.v12i2.7573
Published on 30 Oct 2015.
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