Frameworks for Analysing African Innovation: Entrepreneurship, the Informal Economy and Intellectual Property

J. de Beer, I. Sowa & K. Holman, “Frameworks for Analysing African Innovation: Entrepreneurship, the Informal Economy and Intellectual Property” in J. de Beer et al, eds, The Collaborative Dynamics of Innovation and Intellectual Property in Africa (Cape Town: UCT Press, 2014), p. 32-58.

27 Pages Posted: 16 Sep 2015 Last revised: 26 Sep 2015

Jeremy de Beer

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Izabella Sowa

Independent

Kristen Holman

Independent

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

This chapter reviews conceptual frameworks to understand and measure innovation, and then outlines links between innovation and the concepts of entrepreneurship, the informal economy (IE) and intellectual property (IP). The review suggests that the time is ripe for African policy-makers to seek more holistic approaches to facilitating innovation and, in turn, to fostering socio-economic development in African nations.

Keywords: Intellectual Property Rights, Sustainable Development, Innovation Studies

JEL Classification: O31, O34, O38, K11, M13, O20

Suggested Citation

de Beer, Jeremy and Sowa, Izabella and Holman, Kristen, Frameworks for Analysing African Innovation: Entrepreneurship, the Informal Economy and Intellectual Property (2014). J. de Beer, I. Sowa & K. Holman, “Frameworks for Analysing African Innovation: Entrepreneurship, the Informal Economy and Intellectual Property” in J. de Beer et al, eds, The Collaborative Dynamics of Innovation and Intellectual Property in Africa (Cape Town: UCT Press, 2014), p. 32-58.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2659848 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2659848

Jeremy De Beer (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

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Izabella Sowa

Independent

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Kristen Holman

Independent ( email )

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