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Entrepreneurship in Africa
Context and Perspectives

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ISBN 9781138392212
November 16, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
224 Pages - 37 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

It is now widely recognised that in regions like Africa, for economic and other reasons, the public sector has had to transition away from several areas of the economy and allow private enterprise, especially scalable start-ups and new ventures, to enter and flourish if economic development and employment are to grow. There is, however, a training and education gap since entrepreneurship is rarely taught formally at African universities and, when it is, it is often approached from a Western perspective that may not be appropriate given that African environments are significantly different from most Western ones in terms of economic infrastructure and political considerations.

This book allows readers to the understand the African entrepreneurial context by guiding them through the principal stages in the life of a new venture, and offers approaches, both Western and indigenous, that can inform their entrepreneurial actions. It concludes by examining some specialised topics, including female, youth and social entrepreneurship, as well as real estate and technology. Exercises throughout the book will enable readers to evaluate their motivations and preparedness for entrepreneurship and learn how to communicate a new venture’s key features to potential stakeholders.

By focusing on the distinctive features of entrepreneurship in the African context, and taking a conversational tone, this is an informative and practical text that will be useful for students of Global Entrepreneurship and Business as well as actual and prospective entrepreneurs in the private, non-profit and public sectors.

Table of Contents

Part I: The Basics

1. The African Environment for Entrepreneurship

2. Theories of Entrepreneurship

Part II: Birth

3. Mindset, Capabilities and Goals

Part III: Growth

4. Financing the Venture

5. The Marketing Imperative

6. Operations and Supply Chain Management

7. Managing Networks and Teams

Part IV: Maturity

8. Next Steps

Part V: Special Topics on African Entrepreneurship

9. African Women Entrepreneurs

10. Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Real Estate Development

11. Understanding Entrepreneurs: A Focus on Youth

12. Technologies Enabling Entrepreneurship in Africa

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Ven Sriram is Professor at the University of Baltimore, USA.

David Lingelbach is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Baltimore, USA.

Tigineh Mersha is Professor of Management at the University of Baltimore, USA.

Franklyn Manu is Professor at the Ghana Institute of Management & Public Administration, Ghana.