Research Article

Self-employability Initiative: Developing a Practical Model of Disabled Students' Self-employment Careers

Published in: Africa Journal of Management
Volume 3, issue 3-4, 2017, pages: 280–309
DOI: 10.1080/23322373.2017.1398583
Author(s): Reuel Johnmark DakungFaculty of Management Sciences, Department of Business Administration, Nigeria, John C. MuneneFaculty of Graduate Studies and Research, Uganda, Waswa BalunywaDepartment of Entrepreneurship, Uganda, Laura OrobiaDepartment of Accounting and Finance, Uganda, Mohammed NgomaFaculty of Graduate Studies and Research, Uganda


This study investigated the self-employability initiatives of disabled university students by presenting a model that would allow the concept to be explained and used easily as a framework for working with students to develop their self-employment careers. A cross-sectional survey with a quantitative method constituted the study's research design. A sample size of 254 university students was determined using the Krejcie and Morgan (1970) sample size selection model. Data were analyzed using demographic statistics, correlation analysis and the structural equation model (SEM). The results revealed that entrepreneurship education, action mechanisms and university role have a positive influence on the self-employability initiatives of disabled students. The results also indicated that action mechanisms mediate the relationship between entrepreneurship education and the self-employability initiatives of the disabled students in this study. Universities that provide enabling premises for disabled students, foster the development of networks and provide them access to coaches, mentors and research results will trigger the self-employability initiative of disabled students. This study indicates a number of implications for tertiary institutions and policymakers, particularly that entrepreneurship education and the role the university plays make significant contributions to the self-employability initiative of disabled students. Policymakers need to design entrepreneurship curricula that will be appreciated by students with disabilities.

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