Knowledge and Innovation in Africa

Managing Knowledge and Innovation for Business Sustainability in Africa addresses issues that are central to Africa’s various attempts to manage effectively knowledge and innovation for sustainable business management. The book is also very timely with the recently launched Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024 (STISA-2024) by the African Union (AU) emphasising the critical role of science, technology and innovation for Africa’s socio-economic development and growth. Among the key pillars for the AU strategy are the promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation as well as providing an enabling environment for STI development in the African continent.

The book adopts a multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral approach to issues relating to knowledge and innovation management in Africa. The book also presents few case studies relating to various growing networking and collaboration between education and research institutions, private and public entities as well as commercialisation of research and innovation outputs.

The various chapters in the books provide the current applications and practices in African businesses and their differences from the Western practices. Contributions are from all African countries’ scholars and most importantly WASD members leading major academic and research institutions in the continent as well as WASD various scholars across the world and African scholars who currently live and work outside Africa but able to explain how we shape the future of African business and management higher education to better address the future needs of African business development.

Table of contents

PART I: Introduction
Managing knowledge and innovation for sustainable knowledge-based economy in Africa – Allam Ahmed
From innovation to sustainability: Life-Cycle polylemmas and strategic initiatives for entrepreneurship in Africa – Jerry Kolo

PART II: Innovation and entrepreneurship
The role of an innovative ICT-based entrepreneurial evolution on Africa’s development – the case of university-based incubators – Sherif Kamel
Prospects and challenges of managing clusters as entrepreneurship development interventions for sustainable development in Nigeria: a discourse analysis – Lukman Raimi, Stephen Bolaji Peluola and Morufu Oladimeji Shokunbi
Understanding how failing a job interview may be a source of innovation: The case of WhatsApp founders – Alain Ndedi and Kelly Mua Kingsley

PART III: Education
Impact of education quality on sustainable development in Africa – Adil A. Dafa’Alla, Elmouiz S. Hussein and Marwan A. A. Adam
Using of Mind Mapping (MM) as an unconventional powerful study technique in medical education – Nahlaa A. Khalifa

PART IV: Capacity building and human capital
Design and engineering capacity building for a sustainable development of African economies: the case of Algeria – Abdelkader Djeflat
Absorptive capacity of human capital and international R&D spillover in Egypt – Eman Elish and Hany El Shamy

PART V: Investment
Foreign Direct Investment in Zimbabwe and Botswana: the elephant in the room – Mavis Gutu, Constantia Anastasiadou, Maktoba Omar and Collins Osei
MIDLAND: a strategic successful initiative in the African market – Vimi Jham

PART VI: Banking and finance
The Kenyan banking industry challenges and its sustainability – Samuel Muiruri Muriithi and Lynette Louw
Assessment and way forward of the Douala Stock Exchange in Cameroon – Alain Ndedi

List of Contributors

  1. Marwan A. A. Adam, Sudanese Knowledge Society, Sudan
  2. Allam Ahmed, University of Sussex, UK
  3. Constantia Anastasiadou, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
  4. Adil A. Dafa’Alla, Airbus UK, UK
  5. Abdelkader Djeflat, University of Lille, France and Oran University, Algeria
  6. Eman Elish, British University in Egypt
  7. Hany El Shamy, Tanta University and British University in Egypt, Egypt
  8. Mavis Gutu, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
  9. Elmouiz S. Hussein, Airbus UK, UK
  10. Vimi Jham, Institute of Management Technology, United Arab Emirates
  11. Sherif Kamel, American University in Cairo, Egypt
  12. Nahlaa A. Khalifa, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
  13. Kelly Mua Kingsley, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, USA
  14. Jerry Kolo, American University of Sharjah, UAE
  15. Lynette Louw, Rhodes University, South Africa
  16. Samuel Muiruri Muriithi, Daystar University, Kenya
  17. Alain Ndedi, Saint Monica University, Cameron
  18. Maktoba Omar, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
  19. Collins Osei, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
  20. Luqman Raimi, Yaba College of Technology, Nigeria
  21. Stephen Bolaji Peluola, Yaba College of Technology, Nigeria
  22. Morufu Oladimeji Shokunbi, Yaba College of Technology, Nigeria