EAI International Conference on Technology, R&D, Education and Economy for Africa

Research Article

Fostering Entrepreneurship Education in Africa: Presenting the Orchestration of a Pan-African University Alliance

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.21-3-2018.2278672,
        author={Alisa Sydow and Benedetto Lorenzo Cannatelli and Alessandro Giudici and Sam Kamuriwo and Mario Molteni},
        title={Fostering Entrepreneurship Education in Africa: Presenting the Orchestration of a Pan-African University Alliance},
        proceedings={EAI International Conference on Technology, R\&D, Education and Economy for Africa},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={TREE},
        year={2018},
        month={8},
        keywords={entrepreneurship education network orchestration africa},
        doi={10.4108/eai.21-3-2018.2278672}
    }
    
  • Alisa Sydow
    Benedetto Lorenzo Cannatelli
    Alessandro Giudici
    Sam Kamuriwo
    Mario Molteni
    Year: 2018
    Fostering Entrepreneurship Education in Africa: Presenting the Orchestration of a Pan-African University Alliance
    TREE
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.21-3-2018.2278672
Alisa Sydow1,*, Benedetto Lorenzo Cannatelli1, Alessandro Giudici1, Sam Kamuriwo1, Mario Molteni1
  • 1: Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Via Necchi 7, Milan (Italy); CASS Business School, Buhill Row 106, London (UK)
*Contact email: alisa.sydow@unicatt.it

Abstract

Taking the salient case of an Italian Foundation that promoted a Pan-African university alliance for entrepreneurship education, we conducted a field study based on interviews and observation for a period of seven years. The aim was to understand how to overcome challenges that arise when fostering entrepreneurship education programs (EEP) by orchestrating an inter-organizational network in Africa. Our study revealed that proximity and the presence on the field play a strategic and crucial role in orchestrating an entrepreneurial eco-system in a context shaped by resource scarcity and solid societal as well as economic problems. We contribute to scholarly and practitioner understandings of how to establish effectively EEPs by orchestrating entrepreneurial eco-systems in Africa.