Title: Technology absorption capacity and firm growth in Africa

Authors: Victor Yawo Atiase; Dennis Yao Dzansi; Johnson Kwesi Ameh

Addresses: Faculty of Business and Law, De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH, UK ' Faculty of Management Sciences, Department of Business Support Studies, Central University of Technology, Free State, 1 Park Road, Willows, Bloemfontein, 9301, South Africa ' Faculty of Management Sciences, Department of Business Support Studies, Central University of Technology, Free State, 1 Park Road, Willows, Bloemfontein, 9301, South Africa

Abstract: Technology absorption has become an important driving force for firm competition, strategy and survival. Consequently, the capacity of African firms to absorb the right technology has dominated the contemporary discourse on the performance of African firms. Drawing on the resource-based view (RBV) theory and employing ordinary least squares regression model (OLS), we investigated the impact of human capital, access to credit, and electricity on the technology absorption capacity of African firms. Our evidence suggests that technology absorption in practice has the potential to increase performance. Nevertheless, a broad access to credit, electricity, and effective human capital development, we argue, accounts for the differential performance of African firms in developing technology absorption capacity. While education quality in promoting technology absorption in Africa is essential, governance structures do not seem to support the same. We conclude by delineating relevant implications of our study for policy and practice of technology absorption in Africa.

Keywords: Africa; credit; electricity; human capital; technology absorption.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTTC.2021.117622

International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation, 2021 Vol.18 No.2, pp.207 - 229

Received: 27 Jul 2019
Accepted: 25 May 2020

Published online: 09 Sep 2021 *

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