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Young entrepreneurs in the mobile telephony sector in Ghana: From necessities to aspirations

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posted on 08.09.2017, 12:07 by Robert L. Afutu-Kotey, Katherine Gough, George Owusu
Despite increasing research interest in the mobile telephony sector, only a few studies have devoted attention to informal businesses in the sector. Using qualitative field data collected on young mobile telephony entrepreneurs in Accra, this paper argues that despite the businesses being ‘informal’, they cannot be dismissed as ‘necessity’ enterprises unworthy of support. On the contrary, many young entrepreneurs have aspirations which are influencing their desire to stay in business. The article thus questions the bifurcated nature of entrepreneurial motivations, using the burgeoning mobile telephony sector as a case study, and draws out implications for policy support for youth-run businesses in the informal sector generally.

Funding

This work was supported by the Consultative Research Committee for Development Research (FFU) under Danida [Project No 09-059KU]

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Geography and Environment

Published in

Journal of African Business

Pages

1 - 16

Citation

AFUTU-KOTEY, R.L., GOUGH, K.V. and OWUSU, G., 2017. Young entrepreneurs in the mobile telephony sector in Ghana: From necessities to aspirations. Journal of African Business, 18 (4), pp. 476-491.

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© Taylor & Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

05/06/2017

Publication date

2017

Notes

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of African Business on 1 Aug 2017, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/15228916.2017.1339252

ISSN

1522-8916

eISSN

1522-9076

Language

en

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