Entrepreneurship education knowledge transfer in a conflict sub-Saharan African context
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AbstractPurpose - This paper explores how entrepreneurship education interacts with knowledge transfer and entrepreneurial behaviour in a conflict sub-Saharan African context. Design/methodology/approach - In-depth telephone interviews of 20 participants who benefited from entrepreneurship education knowledge transfer were used to document and analyse the effect of entrepreneurship education on their behaviours as micro-entrepreneurs in a conflict zone. Findings – These participants exhibited rare forms of innovative behaviour, through their business skills, gained from their involvement in entrepreneurship education. In relation to the effect of the conflict on their entrepreneurial behaviours, whereas it emerged the conflict was not the major barrier to entrepreneurial intentions, it however affected how they made strategic decisions about downsizing, advertising and future business plans. Consequently, these decisions altered at different junctures because of the conflict and therefore defined their coping strategies. Policy implications – The paper advocates a policy shift towards a more collaborative sub-regional approach to tackling the underlying causes of conflict in sub-Saharan Africa through investment in EE strategies as a spur to economic development. Central to this are a priori assumptions about economically disadvantaged populations and their symbiotic relationship with conflict, a phenomenon frequently exploited by armed groups with deviant agenda. Thus, access to employment opportunities could benefit disadvantaged populations, thereby plays a decisive role in conflict mitigation. Originality and value – The paper provides empirical analysis integrating entrepreneurship education with knowledge transfer and entrepreneurial behaviour in a conflict sub-Saharan African context. In this way, novel insights are provided that contribute to current efforts aimed at developing a robust theoretical and conceptual foundation for EE domain.
CitationAnosike, P. (2018) 'Entrepreneurship education knowledge transfer in a conflict sub-Saharan African context', Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 25 (4), pp.591-608 doi: 10.1108/JSBED-01-2017-0001
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
JournalJournal of Small Business and Enterprise Development
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