A Taxonomy to Understand Scaling of Innovation by African Enterprises

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dc.contributor.author Armstrong, Chris
dc.contributor.author De Beer, Jeremy
dc.date.accessioned 2021-05-31T23:15:24Z
dc.date.available 2021-05-31T23:15:24Z
dc.date.issued 2021-05-31
dc.identifier.citation Armstrong, C., & De Beer, J. (2021). A taxonomy to understand scaling of innovation by African enterprises. The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC), 27, 1-22. https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/31370 en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2077-7213 (online version)
dc.identifier.issn 2077-7205 (print version)
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10539/31370
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/31370
dc.description.abstract Grounded in empirical research findings and key statements in the literature, this article proposes a four-part taxonomy for mapping African knowledge-based enterprises’ efforts to achieve scale. The taxonomy, adapted from the framework proposed by Uvin et al. (2000), is comprised of scaling by expanding coverage; by broadening activities; by changing behaviour; and by building sustainability. The article sets out the framework and provides examples of the four scaling dimensions from empirical research conducted in Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Botswana, and South Africa. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg en_ZA
dc.rights This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 en_ZA
dc.subject scaling, innovation, enterprises, Africa, definitions, taxonomies, scaling up, scaling out, scaling down, scaling in, expanding coverage, broadening activities, behaviour change, sustainability en_ZA
dc.title A Taxonomy to Understand Scaling of Innovation by African Enterprises en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA
dc.journal.title The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC) en_ZA
dc.description.librarian CA2021 en_ZA
dc.citation.doi https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/31370 en_ZA
dc.funder Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, International Development Research Centre (IDRC) en_ZA
dc.orcid.id Armstrong: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3478-2579 en_ZA
dc.orcid.id De Beer: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9753-3708 en_ZA
dc.journal.link https://www.wits.ac.za/linkcentre/ajic en_ZA
dc.journal.issue 27 en_ZA
dc.article.start-page 1 en_ZA
dc.article.end-page 22 en_ZA
dc.faculty Humanities en_ZA
dc.school School of Literature, Language and Media (SLLM) en_ZA


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    Articles on problematic internet use, Indigenous knowledge in vocational education, machine learning, scaling of innovation, institutional isomorphism, human–computer interaction for development, and scholarly publishing.

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