Entrepreneurship research in the Middle East and North Africa: trends, challenges, and sustainability issues
Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies
Article publication date: 23 July 2020
Issue publication date: 17 July 2021
This paper aims to offer a wider examination of the research concerning entrepreneurship characteristics in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region via a review of recent studies relevant to this topic. Research publications concerning entrepreneurship within the MENA region evidence growing interest in this field of study, with the potential to boost and drive future economic development and growth. This focus within entrepreneurship research is because of the economic development in the region, which is becoming increasingly important for policymakers and businesses.
The author performed a systematic literature review to produce robust information about entrepreneurship in the MENA region, followed by a thematic analysis to identify key research themes within each category.
Despite the growth in entrepreneurship research in the MENA region, research on certain factors is lacking. An analysis of 271 studies published between 2009 and 2019 identifies 9 main research categories, within which 30 themes have attracted significant academic attention. Female entrepreneurship and gender, youth entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship behaviour and orientation are the three key categories influencing perspectives on entrepreneurship in the MENA region. This study highlights research gaps and provides recommendations to guide future research on the sustainable development of entrepreneurship in the MENA region.
This paper highlights trends in entrepreneurship research amongst scholars within the MENA region and suggests paths for future research efforts.
Corrigendum: It has come to the attention of the publisher that the article Aljuwaiber, A. (2020), “Entrepreneurship research in the Middle East and North Africa: trends, challenges, and sustainability issues”, Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies, contained an error in Table 4. The correct Table 4 has now been updated to the online version. The authors sincerely apologise for this.
Aljuwaiber, A. (2021), "Entrepreneurship research in the Middle East and North Africa: trends, challenges, and sustainability issues", Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies, Vol. 13 No. 3, pp. 380-426. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEEE-08-2019-0123
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