Human Capital, Innovation and International Competitiveness in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Yaw A. Debrah
  • Raphael Oriaghe Oseghale
  • Kweku Adams
Part of the AIB Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) Series book series (AIBSSA)


Scores of studies highlight the significance of human resource development in Africa. However, this study is one of the first that combines human capital development and innovation and its impact on international competitiveness in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Thus, many questions about economic and business competitiveness in SSA have remained unanswered. This chapter, therefore, provides insights into how multinational corporations operating in SSA can acquire and develop their human capital to innovate and enhance their international competitiveness and that of the region. The study reveals that Africa’s long-term growth prospect hinges on developing their human capital. The sustainability of SSA’s competitiveness in the world requires that education and on-the-job training centre on the skills most needed in today’s global marketplace. Research and practical implications are discussed.


Human capital Innovation Talent competitiveness Africa competitiveness Sub-Saharan Africa 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yaw A. Debrah
    • 1
  • Raphael Oriaghe Oseghale
    • 1
  • Kweku Adams
    • 2
  1. 1.Swansea UniversitySwanseaUK
  2. 2.York Business SchoolYork St John UniversityYorkUK

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