Title: Collaboration as a way of building entrepreneur universities in Africa

Authors: Danjuma Abdullahi; Yahaya T. Baba; Aminu Musa

Addresses: Department of Political Science, Federal University Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, 840212, Nigeria ' Department of Political Science, Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, 870231, Nigeria ' Department of Political Science, Federal University Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, 840212, Nigeria

Abstract: Universities are engine of growth and development if well managed and sustained. In Africa, however, universities are relatively less productive especially in collaboration. Therefore, the study explored the role of universities in fostering co-production with reference to Africa. For instance, what are the key features of highly co-production universities? And why is it that African universities are not innovative? Qualitative method was used, in-depth interviews were conducted with some of the stakeholders in Africa, and secondary data were used. Secondary data were sourced through newspapers, journals and text books to validate the data. Convenient sampling technique was used in the determination of the respondents. The findings reveals that lack of collaboration, poor funding, inadequate man power and lack of training constitute hindrance to innovation practice. The paper suggests, collaboration, information technology development and training should be enhanced.

Keywords: Africa; co-production; collaboration; innovation; entrepreneurial universities; entrepreneurship; funding; manpower; training; information technology development.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCENT.2016.10003186

International Journal of Collaborative Enterprise, 2016 Vol.5 No.3/4, pp.198 - 217

Received: 29 Apr 2016
Accepted: 10 Oct 2016

Published online: 19 Feb 2017 *

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