Chapter 7: The impact of the TEC programme on human and social capital
AbstractResearch suggests that self-efficacy is not a static trait, rather it is something that can be changed, therefore supporting the view that targeted programmes for entrepreneurs can be used to develop entrepreneurial self-efficacy. This chapter presents the quantitative findings from the evaluation of an e-coaching programme for female entrepreneurs, particularly in relation to general entrepreneurial attitudes, entrepreneurial self-efficacy and formal and informal support. The findings support the view that education and development to enhance entrepreneurial self-efficacy are appropriate for women entrepreneurs. The findings presented in this chapter demonstrate how coaching has the potential to enhance entrepreneurial self-efficacy, supporting the social cognitive literature which suggests that development interventions, such as coaching, can have a positive effect on an individual’s perception regarding their own capabilities. Although self-efficacy is on the whole task specific, self-efficacy measurement of one task may be generalized, therefore, the findings presented in this chapter suggest that women entrepreneurs’ increase in entrepreneurial self-efficacy may also impact on a wider variety of business skills.
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