Capabilities, innovation and entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa

Otto Kroesen, H Romijn

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This paper takes a capability approach to analyze the role of entrepreneurship in the socio-economic development of present-day Sub Saharan Africa. The paper zooms in on the nature of the capabilities that are built through the development of entrepreneurship; the key challenges to the development of such capabilities in a Sub Saharan African context; and the question to what extent successful entrepreneurship in Africa entails the development of a specifically African version of such capabilities. The analysis is based on in-depth case studies of entrepreneurship and capability formation in different African countries, which offer complementary insights. The most successful cases exhibit a highly creative management strategy that is neither completely western, nor solely wedded to African traditions and values. Rather, it revolves around negotiating the interface between these socio-cultural spheres by forging new, creative mixtures in which the strengths of both are combined and conflicts and trade-offs are managed more or less successfully. In the context of the socio-cultural transformation that Africa is currently undergoing in a fast globalizing world, the mastery of this complex art by local entrepreneurs is identified as the most fundamental capability for fostering business success, human development and increased societal wellbeing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Technology and management at the interface of cultures
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventTechnology and management at the interface of cultures - Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology campus, Bondo town, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Nov 201528 Nov 2015


ConferenceTechnology and management at the interface of cultures
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityBondo town


  • Entrepreneurship
  • values
  • capabilities
  • Africa


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