The Future of Entrepreneurship in Africa: Cross-Sectoral Perspectives Post COVID-19

Hinson, Robert E., Nyarko, Doreen, Odame, Doreen Nyarko Anyamesem , Twum, Kojo Kakra, Rambe, Patient, Igwe, Paul Agu and Rugara, David Gamariel (2023) The Future of Entrepreneurship in Africa: Cross-Sectoral Perspectives Post COVID-19. Routledge, New York. ISBN 9781032298481

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Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development in Africa focuses on entrepreneurial development and the development of small businesses in Africa. The central idea of this book is that entrepreneurial development and small business development are connected. Entrepreneurship is lauded as an engine of growth (economic development and job creation), with small businesses often contributing to new job creation. Also, entrepreneurship and small business development are the heart of many countries’ economies.

The decision to focus on entrepreneurial development and small business development is that first, there is a consensus that most entrepreneurial activities are aimed at creating small new ventures. Second, countries that give special attention to entrepreneurship stand a chance of industrialization. Third, Africa has been reported as having a rich entrepreneurial landscape as the continent’s wealthiest individuals generated their wealth as trailblazing entrepreneurs. Fourth, small-scale entrepreneurs and businesses form the backbone of economic activities across the continent. A motivation to focus on entrepreneurial and small business development is the generally accepted view that start-ups in Africa are growing calling for understanding into how to enhance productivity, efficiencies, and application of new technologies.

The book aims to enhance the understanding of stakeholders (business owners, governments, practitioners) to overturn challenges such as inadequate start-up capital, competition, lack of employees with the right skills, and low use of technology. The ability to develop entrepreneurship in Africa, and the role of small-medium enterprises cannot be underestimated. The promotion of entrepreneurship in Africa is crucial as it creates jobs, provides decent livelihoods, and contributes to GDP. Most entrepreneurial initiatives in developing economies entail identifying opportunities and new venture creation. It is worth recognizing that most new ventures created take the form of small businesses and the entrepreneurial processes involve entrepreneurs’ knowledge and skills, identifying opportunities, involvement in setting up a business and managing the business.

The various aspects of this book focus on many entrepreneurial activities that are undertaken on the African continent. This book is focused on African countries since there is a reason to be optimistic about the prospects for growth and entrepreneurship. To achieve entrepreneurial success in African countries, the African Development Bank (2021) proposes that there must be a link between macro and firm-level characteristics that will serve as the mix of entrepreneurship in societies.

This book, therefore, considers some macro-level factors such as education, training, and skills development, technological developments, government programs, and entrepreneurial challenges and opportunities. At the firm-level, this book focuses on entrepreneurial initiatives such as branding and marketing.

Keywords:ENTREPRENEURSHIP REALITIES, What is Entrepreneurship?, Entrepreneurship in Ghana, Sports Entrepreneurship, Digital Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship, Women entrepreneurship, Informal Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Marketing, Entrepreneurship
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N100 Business studies
N Business and Administrative studies > N120 International Business studies
N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
Divisions:COLLEGE OF ARTS, SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES > Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:55782
Deposited On:15 Sep 2023 10:38

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