Theorizing Cities as Sources of Firm Competitive Advantage: Accra in Comparative Perspective

  • George Acheampong
  • Obi Berko Damoah
Part of the AIB Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) Series book series (AIBSSA)


In this chapter the competitiveness of Accra, Ghana, is compared to cities in other regions of the world. Integrating the resource-based view of the firm with other perspectives, the study theorizes the city as a bundle of resources including knowledge and capabilities that can confer some advantages on firms located within it. The study utilizes data from the World Bank Enterprise Surveys to validate the arguments, bringing to the fore issues of resource advantages within specific locations, especially cities. In doing so, it makes a significant contribution, establishing a link between location theory (agglomeration and industrial complexes), the new economic geography, the new growth theory and resource-based theory (including capabilities).


Firm competitive advantage City competitiveness Location theory New economic geography New growth theory Resource-based theory Accra Ghana 


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  • George Acheampong
    • 1
  • Obi Berko Damoah
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Ghana Business SchoolAccraGhana

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