Youth entrepreneurship in Accra, Ghana

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Youth entrepreneurship in Accra, Ghana

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dc.contributor.author Bay, Katrine
dc.contributor.author Rasmussen, Pia
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-04
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-04T12:58:35Z
dc.date.available 2011-03-04T12:58:35Z
dc.date.issued 2011-03-04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10417/1678
dc.description.abstract Recent debates in the development community and countries in Sub‐Saharan Africa have centred on how to create employment for the growing youth population. Entrepreneurship has become very popular in private sector development as a way of creating selfemployment and hereby decreasing poverty. The purpose of this thesis was to examine how educational background and social networks affect opportunity development for young entrepreneurs in Accra. In particular, how entrepreneurial education might influence opportunity identification since there is an increased focus on this education in Ghana. We therefore identified three groups of young entrepreneurs whom we interviewed during a field trip to Accra. The entrepreneurs in two of the groups had received specific entrepreneurship education whereas those in the last group had not. The thesis employed the philosophy of critical realism in order to answer the research question, and employed a qualitative methodology consisting of semi‐structured interviews and participant observations. A framework of opportunity development was proposed with variables indentified from the literature. The data obtained from the 20 interviews indicated that educational background influenced opportunity identification and that entrepreneurs used social networks in the execution of opportunities. Moreover, our research indicated that religious networks and the use of online social networks played an important role in business for young entrepreneurs. These findings make a small contribution to an understanding of opportunity development in the under researched area of youth and entrepreneurship. Further, our findings may be of interest to companies, organisations or donors that want to offer entrepreneurial training programs, or who are already doing so. en_US
dc.format.extent 158 s. en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.subject.other Kandidatafhandlinger en_US
dc.title Youth entrepreneurship in Accra, Ghana en_US
dc.type mop en_US
dc.accessionstatus modt11mar04 jobrmo en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.corporationshort Department of Intercultural Communication and Management. ICM en_US
dc.contributor.corporationshort Institut for Interkulturel Kommunikation og Ledelse. IKL en_US
dc.contributor.department MSc in Business, Language and Culture (cand.merc.int.) en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort 23 en_US
dc.description.notes Business and Development Studies. BADS en_US
dc.idnumber x656624840 en_US
dc.publisher.year 2010 en_US
dc.publisher.city Frederiksberg en_US
dc.title.subtitle The role of education and social networks in opportunity development en_US

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