Business Networks and Small and Medium Enterprise Growth in Rwanda

  • Olivier MugwanezaEmail author
  • Olof Brunninge
Part of the Frontiers in African Business Research book series (FABR)


Networking has been found to be an important source of SME’s growth and development, both in developed and developing countries. This study discusses the importance of networking in the context of Rwanda’s SMEs. Literature on firm growth and business networks discusses networks that the SMEs are involved in, and how these networks help them grow. This study which is set in the context of a developing country follows a case study approach in studying SMEs. Using a cross-case analysis, its findings show that networks remain important and contribute toward the growth of SMEs because they help them address most of their identified growth challenges. However, networks can address some but not all growth challenges and they can address these challenges differently for different SMEs. One case in this study brought together players that would not have been able to meet without the networks. Hence, the study suggests that complementary solutions need to be found for addressing all growth challenges faced by SMEs holistically.


Networks Growth Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) 

JEL Classification Codes

M12 M31 M37 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of BusinessUniversity of RwandaKigaliRwanda
  2. 2.Jönköping International Business SchoolJönköpingSweden

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