Learning in Local Systems and Global Links: The Otigba Computer Hardware Cluster in Nigeria

Oyelaran-Oyeyinka, Banji (2006). Learning in Local Systems and Global Links: The Otigba Computer Hardware Cluster in Nigeria. UNU-MERIT.

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  • Author Oyelaran-Oyeyinka, Banji
    Title Learning in Local Systems and Global Links: The Otigba Computer Hardware Cluster in Nigeria
    Publication Date 2006
    Publisher UNU-MERIT
    Abstract Conventional wisdom suggests to the fact that poor countries are unlikely to be host to a “high-technology” sector and doing so within the organization of small and medium enterprises. This paper examines an unusual phenomenon of industrial organization in an African setting; the emergence of a cluster of an information technology hardware cluster in a very late industrializing country, Nigeria. The evolution of the Otigba Computer Hardware Village (OCV) in Lagos, Nigeria has proceeded largely without direct support from the state and indeed within a decidedly hostile institutional and arid infrastructural environment. Yet the cluster has thrived, thus far, with institutional support of a local trade and manufacturing association. The study holds important lessons for late industrializing countries entering into a knowledge intensive sector.
    Keyword Learning
    Innovation systems
    Computer hardware
    Clusters
    Copyright Holder UNU-MERIT
    Copyright Year 2006
    ISSN 1871-9872
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