Straight from the press! There are 50 free downloads available via the link below on a recent article, co-authored by Dr Victor Atiase, Dr Oluwaseun Kolade (on this forum), and Tahiru Azaaviele Liedong.
An overview of the paper: The paper focuses on Do-it-Yourself (DIY) Tech hubs in Africa which are challenging the dominance of traditional universities as sites of knowledge production. Further, the paper documents the shift from the “tradition university hubs which seem to be struggling with resource constraints, inadequate industry engagement, and the limitations imposed by institutional organisation of disciplinary knowledge to tech hubs which are leading the way in generating new knowledge and innovative solutions particularly for the at the bottom of the pyramid”. Using case studies of tech hubs in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Uganda, the findings reveal that tech hubs are more effective in economic and social value creation by generating new jobs, stimulating the entrepreneurial ecosystem and improving the quality of life through technology. The authors develop a conceptual model to show the constraints underlying hub formation, the strategies to achieve hub motives and the contingent impact of hub strategies.
Atiase, V., Kolade, O., & Liedong, T. (2020). The emergence and strategy of tech hubs in Africa: implications for knowledge production and value creation. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2020.120307
Link to the article: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0040162520311331