Current state of research

Research gaps

This research aims to fill the following gaps:

A. Limited research on entrepreneurship in emerging economies, particularly Africa.

B. Limited research on the process by which entrepreneurs gain legitimacy and the role of leadership skills in the entrepreneurial process.

C. Limited research on the link between individual entrepreneurs’ behaviour and activities, and firm outcomes among SMES in Africa.

Current State of Own Research

This project involves collaboration between researchers from four academic institutions: The Faculty of Business and Economics (abbreviated as HEC) of the University of Lausanne (UNIL), Makerere University Business School (MUBS), Imperial College London Business School, and The Institute for Development Studies (IDS) of the University of Nairobi (UoN). The research partners represent a competent team with unique and complementary competencies in theory, quantitative methods and policy work related to entrepreneurship, leadership and development. The researchers have extensive experience in initiating and conducting research on business leaders and SMEs as well as in supervising graduate students, disseminating scientific results, and in providing policy advice to governments.

Below is a summary of the research work of the team members. For detailed information, please click on individual research partners below.

Université de Lausanne

Prof. John Antonakis

Research work on:

  • Leadership and power
  • Individual differences
  • Social cognition
  • Psychometrics
  • Experimental and field research

Dr. Jane Khayesi

Research work on:

  • Leadership and entrepreneurship development
  • Social capital and resource assembly
  • Performance evaluation of entrepreneurial firms
  • Use of experimental and field research
Imperial College Business School

Prof. Gerard George

Research work on:

  • Organisation design and business models
  • Capabilities and innovation
  • Entrepreneurship and resources
Makerere University Business School

Dr. Arthur Sserwanga

Research work on:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Taxation
  • Accounting
University of Nairobi

Prof. Dorothy McCormick

Research work on:

  • Micro and small enterprise development
  • Industrialization