Understanding innovation in the African informal economy
10 May 2021, 3:30 pm–5:00 pm
Join us for this talk as part of the IIPP Seminar Series, as Erika Kraemer-Mbula, Professor of Economics at University of Johannesburg discusses her research on understanding innovation in the African informal economy.
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Mainstream studies on innovation consider innovation processes as largely driven by expenditures on formal R&D and the input of engineers and scientists with third-level degrees. This bias in the literature has led to the view that informal enterprises, which constitute the majority of Africa’s enterprise base, are non-innovative. Building on an existing critique largely emerging from developing countries, this seminar will discuss the evidence from various studies exploring the nature of innovation and underlying capabilities in the African informal sector. The seminar will also discuss some policy implications.
Background material linked to this seminar
Kraemer-Mbula, E. and Wunsch-Vincent, S. (Eds.). (2016). The informal economy in developing nations. Cambridge University Press.
Kraemer-Mbula, E., Lorenz, E., Takala-Greenish, L., Jegede, O. O., Garba, T., Mutambala, M. and Esemu, T. (2019). Are African micro-and small enterprises misunderstood? Unpacking the relationship between work organisation, capability development and innovation. International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, 11(1), 1-30.
About the Speaker
Professor of Economics at University of Johannesburg
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