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Bridging technology divide to improve business environment: Insights from African nations

Bridging technology divide to improve business environment: Insights from African nations

You, Kefei, Dal Bianco, Silvia, Lin, Zhibin and Amankwah-Amoah, Joseph (2018) Bridging technology divide to improve business environment: Insights from African nations. Journal of Business Research. ISSN 0148-2963 (In Press) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2018.01.015)

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Abstract

Bridging the technology divide remains one of the contemporary business issues, yet limited scholarly attention has been devoted to exploring the gap between regional developing nations. This study examined the state of technological progress in Africa by applying an innovative two-step total factor productivity (TFP) analysis. We first estimated the TFP for 21 African countries with reference to South Africa (regional leader) and the United States (US) (international leader). We then applied the Phillips and Sul (2007) panel convergence tests. We found three convergence clubs with TFP levels relative to South Africa, where only most developed African countries have been able to catch-up. For TFP levels relative to the US, we found two convergence clubs and only a couple of countries have managed to make short-lived progress of catching-up. Our analysis has implications in terms of capitalising on new technology to create platforms for new businesses to flourish in Africa.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Technological progress; total factor productivity; Africa; Club convergence
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Accounting & Finance
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 17:33
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: GREAT a
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/18522

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