Edited by David Smallbone and Friederike Welter
Chapter 10: The role of mobile technologies and inclusive innovation policies in SME development in Sub Saharan Africa
This study reviews research on the role that mobile technologies and inclusive innovation policies have played in the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Sub- Saharan Africa (SSA). In particular, evidence was gathered on what hinders mobile innovation technology diffusion and its application to development of SMEs in SSA, while aiming to understand the inclusive innovation policies that governments are pursuing. The findings show that risk-taking practices on new ideas in SSA are not uniform. Some countries are trailblazers in moving beyond mobile adoption to try new and advanced inclusive solutions; others are playing catch-up. Africa lags behind in adopting new technologies due to delayed policy direction. A new and enabling policy environment to facilitate innovation and risk-taking is necessary. The author uses Rogers and Cartano’s Diffusion of Innovation Theory to investigate the diffusion of new technologies in SSA.
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