The business models of tech hubs in Africa: implications for viability and sustainability

KOLADE, Seun, ATIASE, Victor, MURITHI, William and MWILA, Natasha (2021). The business models of tech hubs in Africa: implications for viability and sustainability. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 33 (10), 1213-1225.

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The paper draws from two case studies of tech hubs in Nigeria and Kenya to investigate the importance of business models to the hubs’ viability and sustainability as economic and social agents. Adopting the triple-layered business model of economic, social and environmental value creation, the study finds that the advanced, and growing, technological capabilities of the hubs are not matched with enough attention on innovative business models that can enable them to better capture value, expand the domestic markets, and compete at the international stage. We argue that a triple-layered orientation can be a win-win, integrated and mutually reinforcing model in which the hubs’ social and environmental impact can enable them to better capture economic value through the development and deployment of advanced technological capabilities and innovative business models.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1402 Applied Economics; 1503 Business and Management; Science Studies; 3503 Business systems in context; 3507 Strategy, management and organisational behaviour; 4407 Policy and administration
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Page Range: 1213-1225
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2023 16:18
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 12:46

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