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Title: Young entrepreneurs in the mobile telephony sector in Ghana: From necessities to aspirations
Authors: Afutu-Kotey, Robert L.
Gough, Katherine V.
Owusu, George
Keywords: Young people
Informal businesses
Mobile telephony
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis
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.
Abstract: 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.
Description: This paper is closed access until 1st February 2019.
Sponsor: This work was supported by the Consultative Research Committee for Development Research (FFU) under Danida [Project No 09-059KU]
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/15228916.2017.1339252
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/26427
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/15228916.2017.1339252
ISSN: 1522-8916
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