Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Papers in Innovation Studies,
Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy

No 2010/4: Technological Capability Building in Informal Firms in the Agricultural Subsistence Sector In Tanzania: Assessing the Role of Gatsby Clubs

Astrid Szogs () and Kelefa Mwantima
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Astrid Szogs: ATPS, Tanzania
Kelefa Mwantima: UDSM, University of Dar es Salaam

Abstract: We use a case study approach to examine whether new knowledge and technological capabilities can be acquired by a set of informal firm operating in the agricultural subsistence sector in Tanzania as a result of interaction with the College of Engineering and Technology at the University of Dar es Salaam. We find that by becoming members of Gatsby Club, firms have been introduced to important new organisations which assisted in the process of new knowledge acquisition. Technological capabilities have mainly been improved but also acquired; mainly at basic level.

Keywords: Technological capabilities; Knowledge acquisition; Informal firm; Agricalture sector; Tanzania

JEL-codes: D80; O30; O39; O55; Q16

20 pages, March 1, 2010

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