The challenge of becoming a successful entrepreneur in a hostile context: The example of Mohamed Ibrahim, the founder of MSI and Celtel

Omaima Hatem

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Abstract

Literature on entrepreneurship in Africa has a tendency to focus on entrepreneurship out of necessity, that is, on entrepreneurial activities conducted as a last resort when no other opportunities for employment are in reach. Innovation-driven business models and entrepreneurs are rarely the focus in this literature. This chapter illustrates that highly successful, innovation-based entrepreneurs also exist in Africa. It presents the case of Mohamed Ibrahim , the entrepreneur behind the consulting firm Mobile Systems International (MSI) and the telecommunications company Celtel . The case study outlines the successful development path of an outstanding entrepreneur who won against all odds in a hostile environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEntrepreneurship and SME Management Across Africa
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherSpringer
Pages129-136
ISBN (Print)978-981-10-1725-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2016

Publication series

NameFrontiers in African Business research
PublisherSpringer

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