Historical evolution of entrepreneurial development in the global South: The case of Ghana, 1957-2010

Joseph Amankwah-Amoah, Yingfa Lu

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In spite of growing awareness among strategy, business history, and entrepreneurship scholars of the benefits of entrepreneurial development, our understanding of the evolution of entrepreneurial development in developing nations remains limited. A historical analysis of the issue in postcolonial Ghana from 1957 to 2010 led to the identification of three distinctive phases. The first phase represented the immediate post-colonial reforms (1957-66), where large-scale nationalization and establishment of state-owned enterprises hampered development of private enterprises. The second phase was the turbulent period (1967-79), where totalitarianism and confiscation of assets deterred private investments and ownership, thereby creating a harsh economic and institutional environment. These culminated in the last phase, the renaissance of social entrepreneurship (1980-2010) where different entrepreneurial models flourished, including the diaspora philanthropy and the 'philanthropic chief'.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-172
Number of pages12
JournalScience and Public Policy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019


  • Africa
  • Entrepreneurial development
  • Ghana
  • Government policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Public Administration
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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