Entrepreneurs’ Creative Responses to Institutional Challenges: Insider Perspectives from Sub-Saharan Africa

Emiel L. Eijdenberg
James Cook University, Singapore

Neil A. Thompson
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Product Details
28 May 2020
Emerald Publishing Limited
132 pages - 129 x 198mm
Emerald Points


Entrepreneurship has long been recognized as a key socioeconomic activity that is essential for regional economic development. Entrepreneurship research in developing countries often uses macro level or meso level analyses of large surveys to examine institutional constraints and enablers of entrepreneurial activities, which can mask fascinating insights on day to day practices. 

This book reveals insider perspectives of the everyday struggles of Tanzanian and Zambian entrepreneurs by distinguishing institutional constraints and enablers, and sustainability practices as responses to those opportunities and barriers. The book contributes to existing literature by providing entrepreneurs from sub-Saharan Africa the opportunity to illustrate how their institutional context influences their sustainability practices at the micro level. Written for scholars of Business and Entrepreneurship, this book showcases how entrepreneurs use creative and bricolage methods to implement sustainability practices that contribute to social and environmental well-being.
Chapter 1. Entrepreneurship and sustainable development in challenging institutional contexts; 
Chapter 2. Entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa: Tanzania and Zambia country profiles; 
Chapter 3. The need for insiders’ views; 
Chapter 4. Institutional constraints and enablers of sustainability practices by entrepreneurs in Tanzania and Zambia;
Chapter 5. Concluding discussion; 
Dr. Emiel L. Eijdenberg is Senior Lecturer at James Cook University, Singapore. Dr. Eijdenberg's research interests focus on entrepreneurship in emerging countries. Dr. Eijdenberg is particularly interested in the personal attributes of entrepreneurs and how these attributes are related to the sustainable growth of their businesses. 

Dr. Neil A. Thompson is Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship and Organization Studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Dr. Thompson's ongoing research covers topics related to entrepreneurship as practice, organizational creativity, new venture creation, sustainable development, organization theory, institutional theory, organizational change, new industry development, economic sociology, and historical methods.

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