Patterns of Innovation and Knowledge in Two Ethiopian Informal-Sector Clusters: A Study of the Shiro Meda Handloom-Weavers and Merkato Shoemakers

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dc.contributor.author Belete, Wondwossen
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-04T14:07:31Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-04T14:07:31Z
dc.date.issued 2018-12-07
dc.identifier.citation Belete, W. (2018). Patterns of innovation and knowledge in two Ethiopian informal-sector clusters: A study of the Shiro Meda handloom-weavers and Merkato shoemakers. The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC), 22, 83–109. https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/26170
dc.identifier.issn 2077-7205 (print version)
dc.identifier.issn 2077-7213 (online version)
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10539/26170
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/26170
dc.description.abstract This article provides findings from a study of innovation and knowledge management practices in two informal-sector micro and small enterprise (MSE) clusters in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa: a handloom-weaving cluster and a shoemaking cluster. The activities in these two clusters were studied in order to explore the patterns of innovation in the MSEs, and to identify factors that influence collaboration and the spread of knowledge among the enterprises. The research also explored the enterprises’ knowledge appropriation behaviours and perspectives in relation to their informal-sector innovations, i.e., their orientations towards both informal knowledge appropriation mechanisms and formal tools of intellectual property (IP) protection.
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg en_ZA
dc.title Patterns of Innovation and Knowledge in Two Ethiopian Informal-Sector Clusters: A Study of the Shiro Meda Handloom-Weavers and Merkato Shoemakers en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA
dc.journal.title The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC) en_ZA
ddi.keyword innovation, knowledge-sharing, knowledge appropriation, intellectual property (IP), informal sector, micro and small enterprises (MSEs), clusters, Shiro Meda cluster, Merkato cluster, handloom-weaving, textiles, cotton, shoemaking, footwear, leather, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
z.orcid https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2897-6713
dc.description.librarian CA2018 en_ZA
dc.citation.doi https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/26170
dc.citation.epage 109
dc.citation.issue 22 en_ZA
dc.citation.spage 83


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    Articles on copyright reform, intellectual property treaties, farmers' mobile phone use, informal innovation, and electronic fiscal devices.

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