CBDS partnerships


African Industrial Policy in the 21st Century Network (AIP21)

The African Industrial Policy in the 21st Century (AIP21) network brings together scholars to share research results and outline a new research agenda in view of developing new thinking for a green and resilient industrial policy in Africa for the 21st century.

The central concern of AIP21 is to understand major development challenges and inform strategies for social and economic transformation on the African continent. It starts from the premise that understanding power through a political economy lens is critical to analyze the main developments. Sustainability and pandemic resilience for African countries requires building production capabilities for inclusive industrialization and implementing market-shaping measures for a green transition.

AIP21 researchers have undertaken detailed analyses of industries, value chains and technologies, within and across African countries, and of the interface between local and international interests in generating and sustaining economic rents. They are at the forefront of advancing theory and knowledge in industrial and agro-industrial development, global value chains and the political economy of industrialization.

The steering committee members of the AIP21 network are based at Copenhagen Business School, University of Johannesburg in South Africa, and the African Centre for Economic Transformation in Accra, Ghana.

Green Industrialization in Africa workshop series, 2022-2023

The AIP21 Network is organizing a series of workshops on the topic of green industrialization in Africa, with co-funding from DANIDA’s Knowledge in Action grant.

The first workshop was held at Copenhagen Business School in June 2022, featuring a public lecture on Investor Opportunities in Green Infrastructure in Africa and a roundtable on the question Can African Countries Leapfrog to a Green Industrial Economy?.


Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development, University of Johannesburg

Institutional collaboration between CBDS at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) and the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) started in early 2019. C

BS has a strong research, teaching and engagement record, and cross-cutting platforms, in key areas of common interest with UJ – such as digitalization, sustainability and inequality. UJ has an ambitious agenda across its key schools focusing on digitalization and industry 4.0; the role of business in Africa; and industrial development and competition. Instruments of this strategic collaboration include joint research projects as well as relationships built through joint seminars and lectures under visiting arrangements.

The key research questions addressed by the collaboration are: How are Industry 4.0 technologies, digitalization and sustainability management re-shaping global value chains? With what consequences for the geography of production, the nature of work, inequality and the distribution of value added? With what dynamics and consequences? What are the public policy implications?


Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex

The CBS Centre for Business and Development Studies (CBDS), and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Business and Development Centre, launched (fall 2020) virtual seminar series to explore major business and development issues at the forefront of work by academics.

The aim is to provide a flavor of the research interests and approach of each institution, and offer an opportunity to explore and seed new research collaborations and other joint projects.

The objectives of the seminar series are to exchange specific experiences and ideas, develop a joint proposal in response to existing research calls, develop a joint concept for which funding opportunities could be explored, publish a shared research agenda, conceptual framework, etc. through a joint working paper, a joint journal article, collect papers across a common theme for a special edition journal and the development of a joint conference panel at general development studies conferences like DSA or EADI, or for specific events linked to the theme of interest.


Makerere University Business School

Collaboration between the Centre for Business and Development Studies and Makerere University Business School (MUBS) in Uganda started in 2009. Initially the collaboration was focused on research activities in the area of youth entrepreneurship but has since expanded to include joint teaching activities.

Since 2011 MUBS and CBS have been collaborating on developing and executing the MSc BLC elective course ‘Field Trip: Entrepreneurship and Private Sector Development in Uganda’, where 24 selected CBS students travel to Uganda for three weeks to do field studies together with MUBS students. During 2015-2022 CBS and MUBS also collaborated on the CBS Global Executive MBA field trip course ‘Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Uganda’, where course participants went to Uganda for one week to visit Ugandan firms and entrepreneurs, had lectures with MUBS and CBDS faculty and did joint case-work with MBA students from MUBS.

CBDS and MUBS are currently engaged in joint research projects and joint publishing efforts, which also involve development of teaching cases, in the area of SMEs & Corporate Social Entrepreneurship (CSR), microfinance & fintech, and social entrepreneurship.




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