Factors impacting on the current level of open innovation and ICT entrepreneurship in Africa

Cunningham PM, Cunningham M, & Ekenberg L (2016). Factors impacting on the current level of open innovation and ICT entrepreneurship in Africa. Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries 73 (1): 1-23.

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Project: IST-Africa Initiative (2012 - 2013) - Regional Impact of Information Society Technologies in Africa (IST-AFRICA 2012-13,FP7 288691)

Abstract

Across Africa, Innovation and ICT entrepreneurship are increasingly recognised as important enablers of national and regional socio-economic growth. However, the level of skills capacity, indigenous entrepreneurial expertise and policy support varies considerably. This research study was informed by a semi-structured, moderated focus group involving five public and four education and research stakeholders from eight African Member States. It focused on identifying factors impacting on the current level of open innovation and ICT entrepreneurship in Africa. Organised in Lilongwe, Malawi on 08 May 2015 during IST-Africa Week 2015, a purposive approach was applied to identify the nine informants based on intensity sampling. The results highlighted six main factors: a) level of political will reflected by resource prioritisation; b) alignment with national development plans and associated funding priorities; c) level of understanding of strategic benefits by ministers and senior civil servants; d) level of awareness and sensitization of the general public, e) availability of national innovation and entrepreneurial expertise; and f) willingness and capacity to cooperate with other stakeholders to achieve common goals. Future research will capture perspectives from the private, societal and international donor sectors, and create and validate potential models/methodologies to address the challenges and opportunities identified in this study.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Risk & Resilience (RISK)
Risk, Policy and Vulnerability (RPV)
Depositing User: Romeo Molina
Date Deposited: 30 May 2016 09:32
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2017 09:23
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/13264

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