Thilde Langevang's research while affiliated with Copenhagen Business School and other places

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The article offers a qualitative examination of compounded precarity in creative work during the Covid-19 pandemic. Drawing on repeated in-depth interviews with twelve creative workers operating in the creative industries in Ghana, we examine one of the most prevalent practices for navigating, coping with, and managing compounded precarity: that of...
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This article examines imaginaries of platform entrepreneurship in film industries in Ghana. To understand how these imaginaries are spatially shaped and locally defined, we carried out in-depth qualitative research with fifty filmmakers in four regions of Ghana. Digital and platform technologies have long been optimistically celebrated as a way for...
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Students wishing to pursue careers in international business, notably in the developing world, must be prepared for complex, unpredictable, uncomfortable, and messy realities, and to collaborate with others very different from themselves. Mainstream business school learning environments are generally highly structured, cognitively oriented, predict...
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This article investigates creative work from an ex-centric perspective, bringing insights from experiences of work in the Ghanaian creative industries to bear on the understanding of creative work as a relational labour of care and caring. We argue that the ethics and aesthetics of care in creative work can best be captured and appreciated through...
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Over the past two decades, research as well as practice have praised the promise of cross-sector partnerships as the new transnational governance mechanism for reaching international development goals. Although there is general consensus that partnerships have the potential to contribute to development in the Global South, there is, however, increa...
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This paper examines the dynamics of hope in creative industries in the city of Accra in Ghana. Building on theoretical insights from geography, anthropology and sociology that have mobilized the concept of hope as an analytical category, we examine the economic actions and entrepreneurial behaviour of creative entrepreneurs working in “precarious g...
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In this article, we examine how returnee entrepreneurs seek to capitalize on translocal affiliations by deploying different forms of capital in their business practices. Based on a case study of returnees in Ghana's creative industries, the article identifies three practices through which entrepreneurs configure capital to seize opportunities and d...
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This article aims to shape understandings of the geographies of informal education by exploring an aspect of education that has been broadly overlooked by geographers to date—apprenticeships—within a Global South context. Drawing on qualitative research conducted in Accra, Ghana, where young male and female apprentices learn a trade alongside maste...
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Cross-sector partnerships are currently praised as capitalism’s key governance instrument to address development challenges. Although some concern has been raised about the effectiveness of such partnerships, little is known about their actual impact. Often it is assumed that partnership outputs transform straightforwardly into societal impact such...
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While social bricolage has emerged as a key theoretical frame for understanding how social entrepreneurs mobilize and deploy resources to create social value under situations of resource scarcity, there is scant knowledge about social bricolage in post-conflict settings characterised by extreme resource paucity and adversity. Drawing on field resea...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine how female entrepreneurs navigate complex and challenging institutional environments. It draws on institutional theory and the concept of response strategies to institutional pressures to explore the institutional barriers that female entrepreneurs encounter and highlights the strategies women employ...
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Weak institutions, endemic market failures and low trust permeate the Tanzanian business environment. Nevertheless, some local enterprises overcome these challenges. Based on case studies of Tanzanian food processing enterprises, this paper identifies a number of coping strategies that contrasts markedly with the strategies traditionally emphasized...
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A vibrant fashion scene is emerging in Africa, spearheaded by a new generation of young fashion entrepreneurs. Drawing on a multi-sited study of Ghanaian, Ugandan and Zambian female designers, this article examines the emerging fashion industry as a site for entrepreneuring where people’s aspirations to bring about personal, cultural and socio-econ...
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This chapter examines how young people in urban Africa are responding to globalization, economic restructuring, and socioeconomic change through various forms of entrepreneurship. The chapter charts different conceptualizations of entrepreneurship and explores its relationship to young people’s changing livelihood practices in Africa. Drawing on th...
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Most research on issues of (in)security has tended to have a military/safety angle and focus on global/national scales linked to spectacular events. This paper addresses the overlooked insecurity realities of urban dwellers in the global South through a focus on more persistent and enduring forms of employment insecurities among young people. Build...
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Despite the recent increased interest in female entrepreneurs, attention has tended to focus on dynamic individuals and generic incentives without considering the roles of gender and place in entrepreneurship. In this article, we draw on the notion of mixed embeddedness to explore how time-and-place–specific institutional contexts influence women's...
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This chapter examines how young people in urban Africa are responding to globalization, economic restructuring, and socioeconomic change through various forms of entrepreneurship. The chapter charts different conceptualizations of entrepreneurship and explores its relationship to young people’s changing livelihood practices in Africa. Drawing on th...
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Despite an increased focus on entrepreneurship as a means of promoting development, there has been limited discussion of the conceptual and methodological issues related to researching entrepreneurship in low-income countries. Drawing on experiences from Uganda, this paper presents a study of entrepreneurship conducted in a low-income settlement, w...
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Young people in the global South are seeking employment opportunities in challenging economic and social environments. This paper provides an overview of current debates regarding youth employment, highlighting conceptualisations of youth and (un)employment, emerging youth employment trends and the nature of policies introduced to tackle youth (un)...
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Shrinking public sectors and limited opportunities for gaining formal wage employment in the private sector have resulted in entrepreneurship being promoted as a means of generating youth employment. This discourse is being widely promoted within sub-Saharan Africa despite little being known about how best to support youth employment and entreprene...
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Enhancing the private sector, and especially entrepreneurship, has become a key feature of development policy in recent years. In many African countries, entrepreneurship is promoted as a way to solve the youth unemployment crisis, but little is known about the experiences of young entrepreneurs. This paper examines the motivations and aspirations...
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In Africa, young people are engaging with a globalised world of flows and movements but are coming of age in environments characterised by uncertainty, economic hardship and unemployment. Drawing upon research conducted in Madina, a suburb of Accra, a social navigation perspective is adopted to explore young people's everyday mobility and their asp...
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Studies have shown that the life experiences and future prospects of young people in many parts of the world today are more complex and less predictable than those of past generations. This has led to a recognition of the need to reconsider the conceptual frameworks applied in youth studies. Thus far, research within geography has mainly focused on...
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This article discusses the social significance of the street to young men through a case study of their street meeting places, ‘the bases’ in Accra, Ghana. Drawing on field research in a suburb of Accra, the paper explores how such meeting places are produced, claimed and defended. The aim is to contribute to discussions of the relationship between...
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The contribution discusses methodological issues involved in researching youth in an African context. Based on the experiences gathered during field research in Ghana, it is argued that research with young people in Africa requires careful reflexive practice. The rationale behind, and experience of, methods such as group discussions, oral life stor...

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... A relatively unexplored area of finance and investment support is associated with youth entrepreneurs. A study of youth entrepreneurs in 10 African countries (Gough & Langevang, 2017) found that many young people have begun investing in local entrepreneurial enterprises -from software to designer garments. ...
... Yet throughout the 2000s, research on digital native media remained limited, with more attention being given to the transition of already established media (Smyrnaios, 2013). (Steedman et al., 2022), redefinition of career trajectories and of "desirable" of living paths since the turn of the 1970s). Together, these changes accompany and participate to shape new digital players, reorganize national and international media landscapes, but also redefine existing journalistic practices, organizational structures, and models of production, distribution and financing of journalism. ...
... Notre int erêt se porte donc sur le travail cr eatif qui se trouve au coeur des industries cr eatives et qui en est leur raison d'être. Plusieurs auteurs qui se sont int eress es a ce th eme se sont attard es au cas des travailleurs ind ependants ou des entrepreneurs Haunschild 2006, 2007;Haunschild and Eikhof 2009;Paris and Leroy 2014;Hennekam 2015;Hennekam and Bennett 2016;Horvath and Dechamp 2020;Alacovska and Bissonnette 2021;Langevang et al. 2022). Ces auteurs rapportent le statut souvent pr ecaire de ces individus qui acceptent diff erents contrats pour assurer leur subsistance et qui sont fr equemment appel es a se d eplacer pour trouver du travail. ...
... Similarly, there are forms of direct funding from donor states in the Global North to CSOs in the Global South, such as the Dutch 'Strengthening Civil Society' policy programme, but these forms have not yet been addressed in research publications. More research is available on other funding alternatives, including work on civil society initiatives in the Global South funded by members of the diaspora (Appe & Oreg, 2020), by private foundations and businesses (Vestergaard et al, 2021), by individuals through smallscale initiatives (Kinsbergen et al., 2017), or through Internet-based donation platforms (Schwittay, 2019). None of these previous publications has presented these forms of funding as a way of addressing or circumventing inequalities in CSO collaborations, but they do call attention to other forms of relations and roles in development collaborations. ...
... SD = standard deviation. Volume 24, Issue ###, 2022 is increasing rapidly in Uganda (Dawa and Namatovu, 2015;Namatovu et al., 2017Namatovu et al., , 2018. Most young entrepreneurs, especially women, are in the consumer-oriented sector (Dawa and Namatovu, 2015;Namatovu et al., 2017). ...
... It embodies relationships that provide the resources and opportunities Migrant youths in rural Ghana entrepreneurs need which may not be easily accessible to other actors within their social networks ( Dubini and Aldrich, 1991;Portes and Sensenbrenner, 1993). Within the context of SSA, relationships emanating from social networks lead to collective support and generate informal agreements ( Langevang et al., 2016). However, despite the facilitating roles of social contexts towards informal entrepreneurship, the relationships formed can also constrain venture creation activities in the informal economy ( Langevang et al., 2016;Thorsen, 2013). ...
... What unites these diverse activities as hustling is the savvy resourcefulness and hopeful future-orientation displayed by the actors who navigate their precarious present to both create a life worth living in the present and build a better future. Hustling is not simply coping, but rather a way of actively working to find beneficial outcomes in uncertain situations (Alacovska et al., 2021a). The ability to improvise including "the ingenuity and flexibility to maintain and enhance self-respect through economic activity" is critical to hustling (Chułek, 2020, p. 343). ...
... The conceptual framework of EPR consists of five core elements presented in turn here. As spaces of learning influence learning experiences (Gough et al., 2019), EPR is based on Freire's premise that education is best conducted in learning spaces where students can focus on 'real' activities and practices to generate situated learning. Situated learning approaches recognize that learning and thinking are constituted through social practices and experiences in the 'lived-inworld' (Lave and Wenger, 1991). ...
... Therefore, it is more realistic to conceptualize partnerships as platforms of tensions between cooperation and competition-coopetition-and between different stakeholders who target different environmental and economic benefits (Manzhynski & Figge, 2020). Some critical scholars even argue against romanticizing partnerships due to their embeddedness in neoliberal governance, which covers up their failures (Vestergaard et al., 2019). We emphasize the need for caution when framing partnerships as a panacea for grand challenges. ...
... The construct has been largely investigated as an antecedent of; a) overall organizational performance (Kariv, & Coleman, 2015), b) firm innovation (Salunke et al., 2013), c) building organizational capability base (Sandeep, et al., 2013), and d) skill enhancement (Pick, et al., 2015) Finally, the literature review shows least number of researches on the SPO research context which shows a huge knowledge lacuna in the field. Arguing on the adequacy of for-profit theories to understand the SPO research context, some researchers have attempted to modify and use the construct in the SPO research domain as a strategic response to create enhanced SPO context-specific understanding (Teasdale, et al., 2012;Langevang, and Namatovu, 2019). However, it is questionable whether most of the researchers have made a clear departure from the conceptualizations in the for-profit research domain to understand the SPO research domain. ...