Female entrepreneurship in Africa: a review, trends, and future research directions

Ojong, N., Simba, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-0276-8211 and Dana, L.-P., 2021. Female entrepreneurship in Africa: a review, trends, and future research directions. Journal of Business Research, 132, pp. 233-248. ISSN 0148-2963

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There has been a significant increase in scholarly literature about female entrepreneurship in Africa. In order to take stock of the state of female entrepreneurship on that continent, this paper examines articles published in peer-reviewed journals over the period 1987 to 2019. Using a mixed embeddedness approach, the analysis of these articles shows how cultural, institutional, economic, political, and social contexts shape the resources and strategies used by female entrepreneurs, and in turn, the interactions between the contexts, resources, and strategies determine the outcomes of female entrepreneurship in Africa. We argue that the environments in which female entrepreneurs are embedded lead to the development of innovative strategies and ways of gaining access to diverse resources. More papers on female entrepreneurship in Africa were published between 2015 and 2019 than in the previous 27 years. A comprehensive analysis of the articles sampled for this systematic literature review has led to the development of new insights and opportunities for future research.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Business Research
Creators: Ojong, N., Simba, A. and Dana, L.-P.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: August 2021
Volume: 132
ISSN: 0148-2963
S0148296321002708Publisher Item Identifier
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jeremy Silvester
Date Added: 30 Apr 2021 12:59
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 03:00
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42790

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