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Institutional And Economic Foundations Of Entrepreneurship In Africa: An Overview

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  • NIR KSHETRI

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    (The University of North Carolina — Greensboro, Bryan School of Business and Economics, P. O. Box 26165, Greensboro, NC 27402-6165, USA)

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Africa is arguably the richest continent in terms of minerals and natural resources. Prior research has also shown that Africa has an abundance of entrepreneurs who possess the ability to identify business opportunities and exploit them. However, the continent's entrepreneurial performance has been weak. Our goal in this paper is modest and is simply aimed at identifying and synthesizing the available evidence on economic and institutional factors affecting entrepreneurship in Africa. This paper also reviews various mechanisms by which foreign businesses are exploiting Africa for resources and market and examines Western response to the low level of entrepreneurial activities in Africa. Finally, this paper provides case studies of some successful entrepreneurial activities in the continent. The cases indicate that successful businesses do not necessarily need to depend on natural resources.

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Article provided by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. in its journal Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship.

Volume (Year): 16 (2011)
Issue (Month): 01 ()
Pages: 9-35

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Handle: RePEc:wsi:jdexxx:v:16:y:2011:i:01:p:9-35

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