Women Entrepreneurs and Innovation in Ghana

Date

2020-11-27

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Cambridge University Press

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Book chapter

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

This chapter analyses how the gender of the entrepreneur is associated with firm-level innovation performance, both directly and in conjunction with other firm and manager attributes. Using a unique survey data set collected in 2013 from the DILIC project in Ghana, and formulating a two-stage model, the chapter examines if gender differences exist in firm-level innovation activities in Ghana. Our analyses show significant differences in innovation behaviour between women’s and men’s firms, suggesting that women are less likely to introduce technological and new-to-market innovations, and also sell less of innovative products. However, the results show that women are more active in adopting non-technological, especially marketing, innovation. For policy, the chapter offers new insights into gender differences, and the role of informal firms in the innovation system of Ghana, and suggests that there is a need for new policy redirection towards informality on the one hand and the need for specific institutional arrangements to address this gender gap on the other hand.

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innovation, entrepreneurship, women, Ghana

Citation

Fu, X., Muchie, M. and Egbetokun, A. (2020) Women entrepreneurs and innovation in Ghana In: Fu, X (Ed.) Innovation under the radar: The nature and sources of innovation in Africa, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 152-187

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Centre for Enterprise and Innovation (CEI)