Knowledge transfer in the emerging solar energy sector in Ghana

John Ernest Kuada, Esther Mensah

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Resumé

This study reports the results of an exploratory qualitative
investigation into knowledge transfer processes within the solar
energy industry in Ghana. Our main thesis is that the
development of a new economic sector requires diffusion of new
technology and knowledge, most often through cross-border
inter-firm collaborations. We interviewed 12 solar energy firms
operating in the country and 12 users of solar energy. The data
were analysed using Tables and statements from the respondents.
The results reveal that an increasing number of firms are entering
the industry to take advantage of the growing demand for solar
energy. There is also a general eagerness among individuals and
firms to acquire skills and knowledge, mainly from foreign firms
and inter-firm knowledge transfers appear to be facilitated by
social ties. However, the degree of inter-firm mobility of workers is
currently limited and efforts are not made at aggregate industry
level to generate and disseminate knowledge.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftContemporary Social Science
Sider (fra-til)1 -17
Antal sider17
ISSN2158-2041
DOI
StatusAccepteret/In press - 1 jan. 2018

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