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  • Are African micro and small enterprises misunderstood? Unpacking the relationship between work organisation, capability development and innovation   Order a copy of this article
    by Erika Kraemer-Mbula, Edward Lorenz, Lotta Takala-Greenish, Oluseye Jegede, Tukur Garba, Musambya Mutambala, Timothy Esemu 
    Abstract: Mainstream studies on innovation consider innovation processes as necessarily driven by expenditures on formal R&D and the input of engineers and scientists with third-level degrees. This bias in the literature has led to the view that micro- and small enterprises (MSEs), which constitute the majority of Africas enterprise base, are non-innovative. Building on an existing critique largely emerging from developing countries, this study provides evidence that, despite their lack of formal R&D expenditures, MSEs in Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda are in fact active innovators. The paper argues that the mainstream literature fails to capture important dynamics and practices that are central to innovation in MSEs. Arguing that the way work activity is organised is closely linked to learning, capability development and, ultimately, innovation, the paper unpacks the relationships between these three processes with evidence from MSEs in the four African countries. The empirical findings demonstrate that an important basis for the innovativeness of African MSEs is the adaptability of employees and their ability to learn on the job, and to make use of their own ideas in solving the problems they face in work.
    Keywords: innovation; micro and small enterprises; Africa; interactive learning; organisational learning; skills development; work organisation; competence building.