Analyzing the inhibitors and facilitators associated with Emirati women owned SME’s and innovation

Analyzing the inhibitors and facilitators associated with Emirati women owned SME’s and innovation

Women entrepreneurial leadership in SME’s and innovation- AHP Approach

Dear Respondents,
This questionnaire is for academic research and it is an AHP model questionnaire. The purpose of this study is to understand the women entrepreneurial leadership in SME’s and innovation. The information provided by the respondent will be confidential and not divulged for any other purpose whatsoever.

Q1. What is the highest level of education?
No.    LEVEL OF EDUCATION    You
1    No formal education
2    High school
3    Diploma
4    Secondary School
5    Graduate school
6    Masters Level
7    PhD Level
6    Professional certificates

i) Have you received any formal entrepreneurial training to improve your skills?
Please specify___________
ii)  Before starting the business, have you done any market research to derive information on
•    Market Knowledge
•    Competitors

Q2. Which type is primarily your current business? (You may circle more than one number).
No.    Current Business
1    RETAILING
2    WHOLESALING
3    SERVICE
4    MANUFACTURING
5    AGRICULTURE
6    Other (Please Specify)
……………………….

Q3. Indicate the geographical location(s) of your firm.

No.    UAE
1    Abu Dhabi
2    Dubai
3    Sharjah
4    Ajman
5    Umm Al Quwain
6    Ras Al Khaimah
7    Fujairah

Q4. How many years have you been in this particular business?
No.    YEARS
1    <2 yrs
2    2-5yrs
3    5-10yrs
4    10-15yrs
5    15-20yrs
6    20-25yrs
7    >25yrs

Q5. What type of innovation is applied in this particular business during the 5 years (2011-2015)s? (Circle the number of your answer).
No.    Types
1    Product Innovation
2    Process Innovation
3    Marketing Strategy
4    Organizational innovation

Q6. How would you describe your business success? (Circle the number of your answer).
No.    Measure
1    Very successful
2    Successful
3    Average
4    Below average

Q7. How would you rate the level of support from Government?
No.    Measure
1    Very substantial
2    Substantial
3    Medium
4    Low
5    Very low
Q8. During the 5 years (2011 to 2015), how important were the following problems and obstacles     for slowing down or causing problems for your innovation activities?

Obstacles in development of innovation    Very High    High    Medium    Low    Very Low
Lack of funds within your business for innovation    5    4    3    2    1
Lack of finance from sources outside your business    5    4    3    2    1
Innovation costs too high    5    4    3    2    1
Lack of qualified personnel    5    4    3    2    1
Lack of information on technology    5    4    3    2    1
Lack of proper networking    5    4    3    2    1
Fear of risk    5    4    3    2    1
Lack of government standards and regulations    5    4    3    2    1
Unavoidable market influence    5    4    3    2    1

Ranking the criteria by start up’s, nascent and established Emirati women entrepreneurs
Absolute
Less
Importance    Very
Less
importance    Less
Importance    Slightly
Less
Importance    Equal    Slightly
More
Importance    Strong
Importance    Very Strong
Importance    Absolute
Importance

Opportunity recognition sub criteria ranking from the point of view of start up’s, nascent and established Emirati women entrepreneurs
Absolute
Less
Importance    Very
Less
importance    Less
Importance    Slightly
Less
Importance    Equal    Slightly
More
Importance    Strong
Importance    Very Strong
Importance    Absolute
Importance
Observation                                        Experiment
Observation                                        Networking
Experiment                                        Networking

Culture sub criteria ranking from the point of view of start up’s, nascent and established Emirati women entrepreneurs
Absolute
Less
Importance    Very
Less
importance    Less
Importance    Slightly
Less
Importance    Equal    Slightly
More
Importance    Strong
Importance    Very Strong
Importance    Absolute
Importance
Innovative                                        Social
Innovative                                        Societal
Social                                        Societal

Technology sub criteria ranking from the point of view of start up’s, nascent and established Emirati women entrepreneurs
Absolute
Less
Importance    Very
Less
importance    Less
Importance    Slightly
Less
Importance    Equal    Slightly
More
Importance    Strong
Importance    Very Strong
Importance    Absolute
Importance
Social Media                                        Cloud computing

Skills Development sub criteria ranking from the point of view of start up’s, nascent and established Emirati women entrepreneurs
Absolute
Less
Importance    Very
Less
importance    Less
Importance    Slightly
Less
Importance    Equal    Slightly
More
Importance    Strong
Importance    Very Strong
Importance    Absolute
Importance
Leadership skills                                        Creative &Innovative
Leadership skills                                        Risk management
Creative & Innovative                                        Risk Management

Innovation strategy sub criteria ranking from the point of view of start up’s, nascent and established Emirati women entrepreneurs
Absolute
Less
Importance    Very
Less
importance    Less
Importance    Slightly
Less
Importance    Equal    Slightly
More
Importance    Strong
Importance    Very Strong
Importance    Absolute
Importance
Awareness of trends                                        Feedback from customers
Awareness of trends                                        Knowledge sharing
Awareness of trends                                        Track competitors moves
Feedback from customers                                        Knowledge sharing
Feedback from customers                                        Track competitors moves
Knowledge sharing                                        Track competitors moves

Motivation sub criteria ranking from the point of view of start up’s, nascent and established Emirati women entrepreneurs
Absolute
Less
Importance    Very
Less
importance    Less
Importance    Slightly
Less
Importance    Equal    Slightly
More
Importance    Strong
Importance    Very Strong
Importance    Absolute
Importance
Family                                        Friends

Government policies sub criteria ranking from the point of view of start up’s, nascent and established Emirati women entrepreneurs
Absolute
Less
Importance    Very
Less
importance    Less
Importance    Slightly
Less
Importance    Equal    Slightly
More
Importance    Strong
Importance    Very Strong
Importance    Absolute
Importance
Funding Schemes                                        Institutional Collaboration
Funding Schemes                                        Venture consultation and assistance
Institutional Collaboration                                        Venture consultation and assistance

Social network sub criteria ranking from the point of view of start up’s, nascent and established Emirati women entrepreneurs
Absolute
Less
Importance    Very
Less
importance    Less
Importance    Slightly
Less
Importance    Equal    Slightly
More
Importance    Strong
Importance    Very Strong
Importance    Absolute
Importance
Exchange Networks                                        Communication Networks
Exchange Networks                                        Personal Networks
Communication Networks                                        Personal Networks

Finance sub criteria ranking from the point of view of start up’s, nascent and established Emirati women entrepreneurs
Absolute
Less
Importance    Very
Less
importance    Less
Importance    Slightly
Less
Importance    Equal    Slightly
More
Importance    Strong
Importance    Very Strong
Importance    Absolute
Importance
Internal finance                                        External finance

Market Influence sub criteria ranking from the point of view of start up’s, nascent and established Emirati women entrepreneurs
Absolute
Less
Importance    Very
Less
importance    Less
Importance    Slightly
Less
Importance    Equal    Slightly
More
Importance    Strong
Importance    Very Strong
Importance    Absolute
Importance
Competition with other SME’s                                        Competition with large firms

Innovative drivers sub criteria ranking from the point of view of start up’s, nascent and established Emirati women entrepreneurs
Absolute
Less
Importance    Very
Less
importance    Less
Importance    Slightly
Less
Importance    Equal    Slightly
More
Importance    Strong
Importance    Very Strong
Importance    Absolute
Importance
Customers                                        Suppliers
Customers                                        Market
Suppliers                                        Market

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