Entrepreneurship and Business Development in Africa

7.5 credits

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The recent fast growth of African markets has attracted attention from foreign firms looking for new markets as the developed markets have become saturated. Companies are entering African markets not only for raw materials and natural resources, but to establish sales, manufacturing and outsourcing. The liberalization of African markets has allowed local entrepreneurship to boom. Many social, political, and economic changes are taking place that provide massive potentials but also risks due to the early development phase of most African countries. Developing business and business success in Africa would benefit both the foreign companies’ profits and the African economies. Social entrepreneurship is one area in which local and foreign actors are building enterprises to support the local economy. The course intends to provide understanding, analysis, models, and business plans for business and social entrepreneurship success in Africa.

Distance

To study on a distance education will give you different opportunities than on-campus teaching. It means that, to a large extent, you will be able to plan your studies yourself, both in terms of time and place.

However, keep in mind that most distance education includes a number of compulsory digital lectures and digital seminars during the weekdays. Some distance education also include compulsory get-togethers, for which you will have to travel to Växjö or Kalmar.

There are a number of different ways to be a distance student, the common denominator being that a large part of your study work is carried out on the web. You communicate with the teacher and your fellow students using a learning platform with discussion forums, group work, recorded lectures or video meetings using a web cam.

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