PERSPECTIVES ON INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER IMPACT ON THE PERFORMANCE OF WOMEN-OWNED MICRO SMALL MEDIUM ENTERPRISES (MSMES)

Abstract The main objective of the study was to establish the impact of technology transfer on the performance of women-owned MSMEs in Kisii County, Kenya. To achieve this objective a sample size of 288 enterprises was selected based on Israel, G. D.  (1992) sample size formula. A descriptive survey was employed to gather information. Primary data was collected from the indicated target women enterprises using questionnaires. The correlation analysis results revealed that technology transfer had a positive significant association with the performance of women-owned MSMEs in Kisii County, Kenya. The regression analysis results revealed that technology transfer significantly accounted for the positive variability in the performance of women-owned MSMEs in Kisii County, Kenya. The major setback of this study was the exclusive use of questionnaires to collect data. Future studies should consider employing interview guides and secondary information in order to come up with objective reliable findings on the impact of business development services on the performance of women-owned MSMEs. Future studies can also consider determining the moderating effect of the external business environment on the relationship between the business development services and organizational performance in women-owned or youth owned MSMEs.