Research Handbook on Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies
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Research Handbook on Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies

A Contextualized Approach

Edited by Paresha Sinha, Jenny Gibb, Michèle Akoorie and Jonathan M. Scott

This Research Handbook offers contextualized perspectives on entrepreneurship in emerging economies. Emphasizing how national context profoundly shapes incentives for entrepreneurial efforts, chapters dissect the opportunities emerging from various institutions and social practices from the Middle East, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America. This Handbook is an ideal guide for researchers working on emerging economies, particularly those with an interest in global entrepreneurship.
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Chapter 17: A review of ten years of African entrepreneurship research

Paul Agu Igwe and Afam Icha-Ituma


The evolutionary dynamics of entrepreneurial ecosystems encompasses the role of institutions and sociocultural elements in determining entrepreneurial motivations and behaviours. This chapter engages in discursive prose from one context to another based on previous African entrepreneurship research. It adopts a systematic literature review that examines 57 outputs between 2009 and 2018 that identified 36 journal articles, 18 books and 3 other publications. It provides a resource for understanding elements of African entrepreneurship, the entrepreneurial ecosystem, its barriers and challenges. Given that there is a paucity of research about African entrepreneurship in mainstream entrepreneurship journals, this study indicates the gaps in knowledge and provides a comprehensive framework to understand and advance future research.

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