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Dr Ranabahu said the women were mostly the sole owners of their enterprises but had the support of their family in the day to day running of the business.
“I found in my research that the entrepreneurs are motivated by the prospect of social loss and that influences their business thinking.
Dr Ranabahu, who was based in the School of Operations, Marketing and Management in the Faculty of Business, was inspired to pursue the Ph D after drawing on her own experiences in Sri Lanka.“Before I began my Ph D, I worked in the microfinance sector in Sri Lanka in various capacities, including in a microfinance institute, for about seven years,” Dr Ranabahu said.“This research allowed me to explore something I am passionate about, in detail, by combining it with my professional background.”Microfinance provides small loans to people who might not have access to traditional banking credit or loan services.
Dr Ranabahu spent some of her Ph D on the ground in Sri Lanka, observing and researching how microfinance works among women in rural communities.Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit.These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.University of Wollongong Ph D graduate Dr Nadeera Ranabahu has received international recognition for her research, which has examined how female entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka use microfinance to get their ideas off the ground and acquire business expertise during the process.The Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management awarded Dr Ranabahu Best Doctoral Dissertation for 2018, which was presented during the organisation’s annual conference in Auckland, New Zealand, last December. Content Header .feed_item_answer_user.js-wf-loaded . Management is one small area of business studies and yet is an important one.Unlike in traditional banking, microfinance institutes visit the villages for loan distribution and instalment collection.”The women involved in Dr Ranabahu’s research used their loans to get their entrepreneurial ideas off the ground, creating a growing network of small businesses in the village.The entrepreneurs were focused on dressmaking, agriculture, confectionary making, and running grocery shops.She said her Ph D journey gave her the research skills, the tools and techniques in writing and critical thinking, to become an independent researcher.“This Ph D was the basis for securing a career I love in academia.