Title: Systematic barriers to technology development in Nigeria: a literature review

Authors: Christian O. Omobhude; Shih-Hsin Chen

Addresses: Institute of Management of Technology, National Chiao Tung University, 7F, Assembly Building 1, 1001 University Road, HsinChu, 30010, Taiwan ' Institute of Management of Technology, National Chiao Tung University, 7F, Assembly Building 1, 1001 University Road, HsinChu, 30010, Taiwan

Abstract: This paper conducts an intensive literature review on systematic barriers to technology development in Nigeria. The review suggests institutional challenges and instability that limits technology development and knowledge diffusion in Nigeria. In addition, the review reveals increasingly prominent role performed by intermediaries by providing technologies to firms within Nigeria. The findings of this article shows that systematic barriers to technology development in Nigeria includes: weak policy initiatives for technology development, poor technology outputs by firms, inadequate financial support, weak collaboration between universities, research institutes and firms. Factors such as state of infrastructure, absorptive capacities, cost of technology development activities and ineffective policies hinder technology development in Nigeria. This paper therefore suggests policy measures to facilitate interaction among actors and institutions to minimise infrastructural, financial and bureaucratic burdens and enhance absorptive capacity. The contribution of this paper can enable researchers re-conceptualise peculiarities of actor involved in technology development in Nigeria.

Keywords: technology development; Nigerian innovation system; systematic barriers; systems of innovation; innovation and development; Nigeria.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBCRM.2019.10016932

International Journal of Business Continuity and Risk Management, 2019 Vol.9 No.1, pp.24 - 53

Received: 17 Feb 2018
Accepted: 29 Jun 2018

Published online: 18 Oct 2018 *

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