Human Capital, Innovation and International Competitiveness in Sub-Saharan Africa

Yaw A. Debrah, Raphael Oriaghe Oseghale, Kweku Adams

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Abstract

Scores of studies highlight the significance of human resource development in Africa. However, this study is one of the first that combines human capital development and innovation and its impact on international competitiveness in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Thus, many questions about economic and business competitiveness in SSA have remained unanswered. This chapter, therefore, provides insights into how multinational corporations operating in SSA can acquire and develop their human capital to innovate and enhance their international competitiveness and that of the region. The study reveals that Africa’s long-term growth prospect hinges on developing their human capital. The sustainability of SSA’s competitiveness in the world requires that education and on-the-job training centre on the skills most needed in today’s global marketplace. Research and practical implications are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAfrica’s Competitiveness in the Global Economy
EditorsIfedapo Adeleye, Mark Esposito
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan, Cham
Chapter9
Pages219-248
Number of pages30
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9783319670140
ISBN (Print)9783319670133, 9783319883649
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAIB Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) Series
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISSN (Print)2662-1029

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    Debrah, Y. A., Oseghale, R. O., & Adams, K. (2018). Human Capital, Innovation and International Competitiveness in Sub-Saharan Africa. In I. Adeleye, & M. Esposito (Eds.), Africa’s Competitiveness in the Global Economy (1st ed., pp. 219-248). (AIB Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) Series). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-67014-0_9