Open Innovation and Knowledge Appropriation in African Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs)

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dc.contributor.author De Beer, Jeremy
dc.contributor.author Armstrong, Chris
dc.date.accessioned 2016-01-18T17:06:41Z
dc.date.available 2016-01-18T17:06:41Z
dc.date.issued 2015-12-15
dc.identifier.citation De Beer, J., & Armstrong, C. (2015). Open innovation and knowledge appropriation in African micro and small enterprises (MSEs). The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC), 16, 60-71. https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/19315 en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn ISSN 2077-7213 (online version)
dc.identifier.issn ISSN 2077-7205 (print version)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/19315
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/19315
dc.description.abstract This article seeks enhanced understanding of the dynamics of open innovation and knowledge appropriation in African settings. More specifically, the authors focus on innovation and appropriation dynamics in African micro and small enterprises (MSEs), which are key engines of productivity on the continent. The authors begin by providing an expansion of an emergent conceptual framework for understanding intersections between innovation, openness and knowledge appropriation in African small-enterprise settings. Then, based on this framework, they review evidence generated by five recent case studies looking at knowledge development, sharing and appropriation among groups of small-scale African innovators. The innovators considered in the five studies were found to favour inclusive, collaborative approaches to development of their innovations; to rely on socially-grounded information networks when deploying and sharing their innovations; and to appropriate their innovative knowledge via informal (and, to a lesser extent, semi-formal) appropriation tools. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.subject open innovation, collaborative dynamics, knowledge appropriation, access to knowledge (A2K), intellectual property (IP), micro and small enterprises (MSEs), informal sector, Africa en_ZA
dc.title Open Innovation and Knowledge Appropriation in African Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA
dc.citation.doi https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/19315
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3478-2579


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    Thematic Issue: African Intersections between Intellectual Property Rights and Knowledge Access

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