Measuring entrepreneurial environments in Africa: Challenges in using international reports

Michael Sheriff, Moreno Muffatto, Sarah Cooper

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Entrepreneurial environments are significant for entrepreneurial activities. Investigating such environments is necessary because of their complexity and dynamism. This work attempted to analyze international reports that measure entrepreneurship environments in Africa in order to identify the challenges faced by researchers when using these datasets. The reports or indices selected for the analysis usually measure the different dimensions of the entrepreneurship environment A combination of these datasets provided a thorough coverage of entrepreneurship environments because of the wide spectrum of indicators whilst, a comparison revealed their convergence and divergence. The main challenges were; (1) not all of countries were included in most of the datasets and (2) the survey periods differed making it difficult to conduct longitudinal studies when comparing different countries. The findings suggested ways and means by which such challenges could be mitigated so that scholars, practitioners and institutions could have improved datasets measuring entrepreneurship environments in Africa.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-44
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016


  • entrepreneurship environments
  • international reports and indices
  • Africa


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