The main purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of entrepreneurial self-efficacy (ESE) as one of the dimensions of entrepreneurial spirit on the performance of Small Enterprises (PSEs) in Skikda, Algeria. Based on a self-administered survey questionnaire, data were collected from a random sample of 136 small enterprises (owners) in Skikda. The study adopted both descriptive and regression analyses to estimate the impact of entrepreneurial self-efficacy. Collected data were analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS 23). The findings demonstrate that self-efficacy significantly affects the performance of small enterprises in Skikda. Where 27.7% of changes in the level of small business performance are the result of changes in entrepreneurial self-efficacy, which is considered a mediocre effect, which can be explained by the presence of other factors affecting the performance of these enterprises. However, the presence of this positive impact calls for focusing on raising the self-efficacy of Algerian entrepreneurs.
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