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Innovation under the radar as a response to constraints: the nature of innovation in Africa

Fu, X. and Zanello, G. ORCID: (2020) Innovation under the radar as a response to constraints: the nature of innovation in Africa. In: Fu, X. (ed.) Innovation under the Radar: The Nature and Sources of Innovation in Africa. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781316869482

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Using qualitative case study, and unique firm-level survey data in Ghana and Tanzania collected between 2013 and 2015, this chapter analyses the nature and the sources of innovation in both formal and informal sectors. Also, the chapter explores the learning processes underlying innovations as well the various institutional constraints underlying these innovations in Ghana and Tanzania. Our analyses reveal that innovation occurs just about anywhere in Ghana and Tanzania, and innovation is widespread across all sectors, including formal and informal sectors. Our results also show that firms engage in multiple incremental innovations at the same time, enabling firms to gain complementary effects. Knowledge spillover, imitation and adaptation were identified as the main mechanisms through which knowledge is transferred for innovation activities in Ghana and Tanzania.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Economic and Social Sciences Division > Food Economics and Marketing (FEM)
ID Code:94685
Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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